starting gate

noun

Definition of starting gate

  1. 1 :  a mechanically operated barrier used as a starting device for a race

  2. 2 :  a barrier that when knocked aside by a competitor (as a skier) starts an electronic timing device

1898

First Known Use of starting gate

1898


STARTING GATE Defined for English Language Learners

starting gate

noun

Definition of starting gate for English Language Learners

  • : 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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