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starting gate

noun

Simple Definition of starting gate

  • : a gate or set of gates that opens at the start of a horse or dog race to let the animals begin racing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of starting gate

  1. 1 :  a mechanically operated barrier used as a starting device for a race

  2. 2 :  a barrier that when knocked aside by a competitor (as a skier) starts an electronic timing device

1898

First Known Use of starting gate

1898


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