Hypertext Webster Gateway: "starting"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Start \Start\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {started}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{starting}.] [OE. sterten; akin to D. storten 8hurl, rush,
fall, G. st["u]rzen, OHG. sturzen to turn over, to fall, Sw.
st["o]ra to cast down, to fall, Dan. styrte, and probably
also to E. start a tail; the original sense being, perhaps,
to show the tail, to tumble over suddenly. [root]166. Cf.
{Start} a tail.]
1. To leap; to jump. [Obs.]

2. To move suddenly, as with a spring or leap, from surprise,
pain, or other sudden feeling or emotion, or by a
voluntary act.

And maketh him out of his sleep to start. --Chaucer.

I start as from some dreadful dream. --Dryden.

Keep your soul to the work when ready to start
aside. --I. Watts.

But if he start, It is the flesh of a corrupted
heart. --Shak.

3. To set out; to commence a course, as a race or journey; to
begin; as, to start business.

At once they start, advancing in a line. --Dryden.

At intervals some bird from out the brakes Starts
into voice a moment, then is still. --Byron.

4. To become somewhat displaced or loosened; as, a rivet or a
seam may start under strain or pressure.

{To start after}, to set out after; to follow; to pursue.

{To start against}, to act as a rival candidate against.

{To start for}, to be a candidate for, as an office.

{To start up}, to rise suddenly, as from a seat or couch; to
come suddenly into notice or importance.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Starting \Start"ing\,
a. & n. from {Start}, v.

{Starting bar} (Steam Eng.), a hand lever for working the
values in starting an engine.

{Starting hole}, a loophole; evasion. [Obs.]

{Starting point}, the point from which motion begins, or from
which anything starts.

{Starting post}, a post, stake, barrier, or place from which
competitors in a race start, or begin the race.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (especially of eyes) bulging or protruding as with fear;
"with eyes starting from their sockets"
2: appropriate to the beginning or start of an event; "the
starting point"; "hands in the starting position"
n : a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning); "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" [syn: {start}]

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