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Start appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Do not start at rats to nod.
  • Put rats in a van I start up.
  • So, lost rats… start solos!
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Usage statistics for the verb start:

spoken English66.4%written English33.6% conversational speech45.21%task-oriented speech54.79% imaginative writing58.07%informational writing41.93%
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Start is sometimes a misspelling of started or starts.

The word start is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun start

What does start mean as a name of something?

Start is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: starts

  1. the beginning of anything
  2. the time at which something is supposed to begin
  3. a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning)
    • examples: he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital | his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of start: starting
    • more generic words: play / turn = the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
  4. a sudden involuntary movement
  5. the act of starting something
  6. a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
  7. a signal to begin (as in a race)
    • examples: the starting signal was a green light | the runners awaited the start
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of start: starting signal
    • more generic words: sign / signal / signaling = any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
  8. the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)
    • example: with an hour's start he will be hard to catch
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of start: head start
    • more generic words: advantage / vantage = the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

Alternative definition of the noun start

noun

  1. The beginning of an activity.
  2. A sudden involuntary movement.
  3. The beginning point of a race.
  4. An appearance in a sports game from the beginning of the match.

noun

  1. A button (of a joystick, joypad or similar device) that, when pressed, activates any of certain predefined functions, that are usually not directly related to the in-game story of a video game, such as pausing, seeing a menu, choosing an item of a menu and starting to play, depending on the video game and context.

Specialised definition of the noun start

Glossary of sports

the beginning of a sport (speed) competition (by means of take-off, run-up, push-off, etc.), which is usually initiated by means of a visual (flag, hand sign) or acoustic sign (shot, whistle, call, etc.), often after a verbal request by the starter to take on the starting position (e.g. "on your mark", "get set", "go"; the start command). If a participant of the competition starts before the start command, he causes a false start. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

the beginning of something (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb start

What does start mean as a doing word?

Start is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: started | starting | starts

  1. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
    • examples: Who will start? | They start to move | They start moving
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]John started the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] by [Oblique]We began the campaign by soliciting donations | We initiated the campaign by soliciting donations
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] with [Instrument]I began the party with a speech | I opened the event with a speech
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]John began going to the area
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]He began to pack
      [Instrument] [Verb] [Theme]A murder began the book
      [Theme] [Verb]The storm began
      [Theme] [Verb] with [Instrument]The party began with a bang

      Aspectual Verbs (with the same syntax): begin, commence, recommence, resume, undertake.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of start: begin / commence / get / get down / set about / set out / start out
    • more specific terms:
  2. set in motion, cause to start
  3. leave
  4. have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
    • example: Prices for these homes start at $250,000
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of start: begin
    • more specific terms:
  5. bring into being
  6. get off the ground
    • examples: Who started this company? | I start my day with a good breakfast | The blood shed started when the partisans launched a surprise attack
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of start: commence / embark on / start up
    • more generic terms: begin / commence / lead off = set in motion, cause to start
    • more specific terms:
      • inaugurate / kick off = commence officially
      • open = begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
  7. move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of start: jump / startle
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific terms:
      • shy = start suddenly, as from fright
      • boggle = startle with amazement or fear
      • rear back = start with anger or resentment or in protest
      • jackrabbit = go forward or start with a fast, sudden movement
  8. get going or set in motion
    • examples: We simply could not start the engine | start up the computer
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of start: start up
    • antonym of start: stop
    • more specific terms:
      • kick-start = start (a motorcycle) by means of a kick starter
      • hot-wire = start (a car engine) without a key by bypassing the ignition interlock
      • re-start / restart = start an engine again, for example
      • crank up / crank = start by cranking
      • jump-start / jumpstart / jump = start (a car engine whose battery is dead) by connecting it to another car's battery
    • cause: get going / go
  9. begin or set in motion
  10. begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
    • example: start a new job
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of start: take up
    • more specific term: take office = assume an office, duty, or title
  11. play in the starting lineup
    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: play = participate in games or sport
  12. have a beginning characterized in some specified way
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of start: begin
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  13. begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
    • examples: She started the soup while it was still hot | We started physics in 10th grade
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of start: begin
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  14. bulge outward

Specialised definition of the verb start

Glossary of sports

to set a machine going (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to begin (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Place

Start is an unincorporated community in Richland Parish, Louisiana, in the United States. The community has 657 residents.

Business

  1. Start is a record label.
  2. Start is a record label.

Character

Start is a fictional character from the 2002 film Ice Age.

Music

  1. "Start" is Singaporean Mandopop artist Stefanie Sun's first Mandarin and English studio cover album. It was released on 1 February 2002 by Warner Music Taiwan. The album is a collection of 12 of Sun's and her fans' favourite songs.
    • also known as Start自選集
    • artist: Stephanie Sun
    • genre: Mandopop
    • released on (13 years ago)
  2. "Start" a.k.a. "Start!" is the eleventh UK single release by punk rock band, The Jam and their second number-one, following "Going Underground"/"Dreams of Children". Upon its release on 15 August 1980, it debuted at number three, and two weeks later reached number one for one week. Written by Paul Weller and produced by Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and The Jam, "Start!" was the lead single from the band's fifth album Sound Affects. The single's B-side is "Liza Radley".
  3. "Start" is a musical album of Hiroshi Tamaki.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  4. "Start" a.k.a. "スタート" is a musical single of KREVA.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  5. "Start" is a composition.
  6. "Start" a.k.a. "Start!" is the 1980 single by The Jam.
    • genre: Mod revival
    • released on (35 years ago)
  7. "Start" is a musical album by Wallace Huo.
    • also known as 開始 霍建華
    • released on (11 years ago)
  8. "Start" a.k.a. "START!!" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  9. "Start" a.k.a. "Start→" is a musical album of Silent Siren.
    • released on
  10. "Start" is a musical album of Rh+.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  11. "Start" a.k.a. "Start!" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  12. "START" is a musical single of Rina Aiuchi.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  13. "Start" is a musical single of Bada.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  14. "START" is a musical single of Fis block.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  15. "Start" is a musical single of Solarity.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  16. "Start" is a musical single of LBCK.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  17. "START" is a musical EP of Pietro Fornara.
    • released on
  18. "stArt" is a musical EP of BetaN12.
    • released in (4 years ago)

Writings

"Start" is a book written by Jon Acuff.

Food

Start is a breakfast cereal which has been produced by Kellogg's in the UK since the mid-1980s. Start has been promoted as a cereal designed for improving sports performance. It is made from wheat, corn and oats and a single bowlful is said to provide a third of a human's daily vitamin RDA. It is suitable for vegetarians but not for wheat allergy sufferers.

There are other foods with Start in their name, like start!!, nestlé good start 2, Nestle Good Start Soy, Nestlé Good Start Essentials Soy, Nestle Good Start Soy Infant formula, Gerber Good Start Soy Formula – Powder and Nestle Good Start Supreme Infant Formula.

Miscellanea

  1. The start of this holiday occurrence.
  2. Start was a Polish twin-lens reflex camera of Rolleicord type. It was a first camera produced in Poland after World War II. Camera was produced in numerous versions – Start, Start II, Start B, Start 66 and Start 66S.
  3. start: In computing, the command START is a command of the OS/2 and Windows command-line interpreter CMD.EXE to start programs or batch files or to open files or directories using the default program. The corresponding Apple Macintosh command is open.
  4. Start was a 35 mm single lens reflex Soviet camera produced by Mechanical Factory of Krasnogorsk during the years of 1958–1964. The camera was inspired by Exakta camera. Start had Bayonet-mount lenses with Exakta-style shutter release arm, KMZ Helios-44 58 mm f/2 normal lens, cloth focal-panel shutter.
  5. Start was a short-lived daily tabloid published in Belgrade between late 2005 and early 2006.
  6. Start are a Bandy club from Orsha, Belarus who are among the best in the country with several of their players having represented the Belarusian national bandy team.

Phrases with Start

Phrases starting with the word Start:

  1. start up
  2. start off
  3. start out
  4. start-off
  5. Start menu
  6. Start Over
  7. Start codon

Phrases ending with the word Start:

  1. re-start
  2. One-Start
  3. Two-Start
  4. Down Start
  5. Hard start
  6. head start
  7. jump-start
  8. kick start
  9. kick-start
  10. Push-Start
  11. False start
  12. fresh start
  13. Multi-Start

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Start

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (2008)

by Paul J. Lavrakas

Random Start in Questionnaire Construction In terms of questionnaire item order, a random start means that a series of similar items (such as a set of agree– disagree questions) is administered in a way that the first question in the series that is ...

Google previewCartagena & Caribbean Coast Footprint Focus Guide (2013)

by Ben Box

A good place to start is the Baluarte San Francisco Javier (10) from where, with a few ups and downs, it is continuous to La India Catalina (28). From this point, there are two further sections along the lagoons to the Puente Román (1). The final ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012)

by James A. Banks

Head Start was launched. Head Start began as ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language Development (2014)

by Patricia J. Brooks, Vera Kempe

Head Start is a federally funded program that began in 1965 under the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The purpose of the program was to address the health, nutritional, cognitive, linguistic, and emotional needs of children ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology (2006)

by Yo Jackson

Head Start was launched in 1965 as a comprehensive child development program for low-income and disadvantaged children ages three to five. President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty and its desire to improve intellectual capacity ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2011)

Volume 17: Education by Clarence L. Mohr

Head Start Often noted as the most successful of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society programs, Head Start has...

launched Project Head Start in the summer of 1965, however, it was not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration (2006)

by Fenwick W. English

State support is in four main areas: state supplement to Head Start only, support only in public schools, public schools that contract with community providers, and all settings in which ...

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Usage statistics about start

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb start:

spoken English66.4%written English33.6% conversational speech45.21%task-oriented speech54.79% imaginative writing58.07%informational writing41.93%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun start:

offsetscratchjumpstartingbeginningstart

Comparison of usage frequency between the noun start and its most common antonym:

finishstart

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb start:

protrudebulgestartlepartdepartcommenceoriginatepopinitiatejumpstartbegingoget

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb start and its most common antonym:

stopstart

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Quotes about Start

Breeding not from angels
Not from apes.
Origin is separate from start.

From the very start
Superknowledge that is
Divyagyan is with me
And I am distinct.

My creator satisfied with me
From the very start
And declared gretest
And noble creation. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of S1T1A1R1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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