starting gate


Definition of starting gate

1 : a mechanically operated barrier used as a starting device for a race
2 : a barrier that when knocked aside by a competitor (such as a skier) starts an electronic timing device

Examples of starting gate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The third horse, buildings and industry, will be the last to leave the starting gate but could benefit this decade from a massive innovation push to bring down the cost of technologies needed to decarbonize it. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Electricity research CEO tells Biden how to do his climate math," 27 Mar. 2021 Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said the Bears seemed more like racehorses in the hours leading up to Sunday’s first-round NCAA Tournament game, rattling around the starting gate and yearning to be unleashed. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "Baylor opens long-awaited national championship defense with rout of Jackson State," 21 Mar. 2021 Amazon’s already sophisticated consumer and product research capabilities becomes more robust all the time, leaving traditional retailers who aren't investing in getting to know their customers standing at the starting gate. Greg Petro, Forbes, "Amazon Bricks-And-Mortar Juggernaut Picks Up Speed," 19 Mar. 2021 Rios Ayala has not ridden since injuring his right foot and knee when his mount became fractious in the starting gate before a trial to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Nov. 22. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: New leader in Kentucky Derby rankings," 12 Mar. 2021 With the hopes of having a clean, fair start to the horse race, Churchill Downs has a new starting gate that will be used for the 146th Kentucky Derby. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Churchill Downs tests new 20-horse starting gate ahead of Saturday's Kentucky Derby," 2 Sep. 2020 The winner of the 75th running of the 1 1/16 mile Grade II Fountain of Youth will earn 50 qualitying points and a spot in the starting gate for the May 1 Kentucky Derby under the TwinSpires at Churchill Downs. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, "Expert Picks, Odds And Betting Insight For 2021 Fountain Of Youth," 26 Feb. 2021 In said event, this filly got rather rambunctious in the starting gate prior to hopping and getting bumped back at the start to lose almost two lengths of ground and her momentum. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Jon White previews the Lecomte," 15 Jan. 2021 Queengol rallied after getting bumped several times by Miss Costa Rica leaving the starting gate. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "An Astute stakes victory at Del Mar," 14 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of starting gate

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Mar 2021

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“Starting gate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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starting gate


English Language Learners Definition of starting gate

: a gate or set of gates that opens at the start of a horse or dog race to let the animals begin racing

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