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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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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“Starting block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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