start·​er | \ ˈstär-tər How to pronounce starter (audio) \

Definition of starter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who initiates or sets going: such as
a : an official who gives the signal to begin a race
b : one who dispatches vehicles
2a : one that engages in a competition especially : a member of a starting lineup
b : one that begins to engage in an activity or process
3 : one that causes something to begin operating: such as
a : a device for starting an engine especially : an electric motor used to start an internal combustion engine
b : material containing microorganisms (such as yeast) used to induce a desired fermentation
4 : something that is the beginning of a process, activity, or series especially : appetizer
for starters
: to begin with



Definition of starter (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being an item acquired with the expectation that a more elaborate or sophisticated model will be acquired in the future a starter home

Examples of starter in a Sentence

Noun The team is playing only five regular starters. The car's starter needs to be replaced.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Naquin wasn’t making the consistent hard contact that led to him becoming a full-time starter last season. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 12 May 2022 Brown, whose playing career topped out as a part-time starter at the University of San Diego, tried to make up for this by outworking people. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 May 2022 This was his second season in the N.B.A. and first as a full-time starter. New York Times, 9 May 2022 Alex Anderson was also a part-time starter on the wing, averaging 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 33 games as a true freshman. Creg Stephenson |, al, 6 May 2022 Wethersfield had a first-time starter in goal in Matthew Pacheco, who had a number of impressive saves. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 3 May 2022 In his first season as a full-time starter — after two years as a backup at Penn State — Levis completed 66% of his passes for 2,827 yards and 24 touchdowns for Kentucky last season. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 2 May 2022 Trading Marquise Brown to the Cardinals not only made room for 2021 first-rounder Rashod Bateman to flourish but led to another trade, netting a probable long-time starter in Linderbaum. Tim Schwartz, Baltimore Sun, 1 May 2022 Along the way, Johnson became a part-time starter on the Bruins’ basketball team, the 6-foot-10 center emerging as UCLA’s best rebounder and interior defender last season on a team that reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ideal as a starter home or investment property, the house also features a front porch and a large backyard that is ideal for social gatherings. Avery Newmark, ajc, 14 Apr. 2022 However if Jori Cruyff is to be believed, the potential coup is a non-starter. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 That's probably all the prompt any regular Ars Technica reader needs to list the reasons why hydrogen is a non-starter. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 Sideloading on iPhone is a non-starter for me, no matter what the next wave of DMA-like laws says. Chris Smith, BGR, 28 Mar. 2022 The no-fly zone concept enforced by NATO jets is a non-starter, but if the Russians escalate their aggression by targeting Lviv, for example, that should trigger urgent discussions in NATO about protection of Ukrainian skies by technological means. Michael Bociurkiw, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 While alcohol was a non-starter, the management offered to serve him food, at least until the Solon man, 52, spilled water all over the table and himself. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 18 Mar. 2022 But Erickson said what is clear is that the argument that Smollett will complete his sentence before his appeal is decided is a non-starter. Don Babwin, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2022 The committee also called for an approach that might be a non-starter for the Biden administration: jump-starting fossil-fuel production and imports to reduce U.S. reliance on Russia. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of starter


1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1923, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Starter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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start·​er | \ ˈstär-tər How to pronounce starter (audio) \

Kids Definition of starter

: someone or something that starts something or causes something else to start a car's starter There were seven starters in the race.


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