starting block

noun

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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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of starting block was in 1910

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“Starting block.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starting%20block. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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