Meaning of STARTER in English


/stahr"teuhr/ , n.

1. a person or thing that starts.

2. a person who gives the signal to begin, as for a race, the running of a train, bus, elevator, etc.

3. a device that starts an internal-combustion engine without a need for cranking by hand.

4. a person or thing that starts in a race or contest: Only five starters finished the race.

5. a culture of bacteria used to start a particular fermentation, as in the manufacture of cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, etc.

6. Cookery. sourdough (def. 1).

7. Slang. a shill, as at a gaming table in a casino.

8. Cribbage. the card turned face up on the stack before the play.

9. for starters , Informal. as the first step or part; initially; first: We will have soup for starters. For starters, he doesn't even know how to drive.


10. constituting a basis or beginning: a starter set of dishes; a starter home.

[ 1530-40; START + -ER 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .