starting block


starting block

noun

: a device that has two blocks for runners to put their feet on and push against at the start of a race

Full Definition of STARTING BLOCK

1
:  a device that usually consists of two blocks mounted on either side of an adjustable frame and that provides a runner with a rigid surface against which to brace the feet at the start of a race
2
:  one of a series of boxes or low platforms at one end of a pool on which a competitor stands for the start of a swimming race

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First Known Use of STARTING BLOCK

1937

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