starting block


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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Xi apparently did not take kindly to the comparisons, and Chinese censors started blocking images and mentions of Pooh on social media. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Christopher Robin, denied Chinese release, is the latest victim in China’s war on Winnie the Pooh," 4 Aug. 2018 One day after the December repeal vote, Pai argued on Fox News that net neutrality supporters had been proven wrong by the fact that ISPs didn't start blocking and throttling websites immediately after the vote. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Net neutrality to die on June 11, as Ajit Pai blasts “special interests”," 10 May 2018 Image The actions are similar to those used against Pakistan’s biggest cable news network, Geo TV, which cable providers in military cantonment areas started blocking in March. Douglas Schorzman, New York Times, "In Pre-Election Pakistan, a Military Crackdown Is the Real Issue," 6 June 2018 Most of those gains have been erased since truckers started blocking highways, leaving Petrobras’s preferred share price at 18.98 reais Wednesday, compared with 16.10 reais on the last day of 2017. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil’s Labor Strife Exposes Roadblocks to Temer’s Economic Agenda," 31 May 2018 That changed several years ago when Russian authorities started blocking websites of opposition politicians, and the courts began to send activists to jail for social media posts. Washington Post, "Russia takes heavy hand to internet to block messaging app," 18 Apr. 2018 Neither has had much practice coming out of starting blocks. Ken Goe,, "Devon Allen and Raevyn Rogers put on a show at the Oregon Twilight track meet," 4 May 2018 Meets to watch ■ Saturday, D1 Relays (at Lincoln-Sudbury) and D4 Relay (at Apponequet), 9:30 a.m.: Getting out of the start blocks to the championship season . . Shawn Mcfarland,, "Brookline’s Aramburu now visualizes going the distance," 28 Apr. 2018 On the clay track behind Whitehall High during Barkley’s senior year, with Rachel Panek holding his starting block, Barkley earned his first gold medal after winning the 100-meter dash in the district championship. Ben Baskin,, "Face of the NFL? Saquon Barkley Has a Plan," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of starting block

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of starting block was in 1910

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English Language Learners Definition of starting block

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

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