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Noun: starter  staa(r)-tu(r)
  1. An electric motor for starting an engine
    - starter motor, starting motor
  2. A contestant in a team sport who is in the game at the beginning
  3. The official who signals the beginning of a race or competition
    - dispatcher, despatcher [Brit]
  4. Any new participant in some activity
    - newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, neophyte, freshman [N. Amer], newbie [informal], entrant, noob [non-standard], newb [non-standard], shavetail [N. Amer, informal], n00b [non-standard]
  5. Food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
    - appetizer, appetiser [Brit]
  6. A hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
    - crank
  7. A culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough
    "to make sourdough you need a starter"

Derived forms: starters

Type of: beginner, contestant, course, culture, electric motor, hand tool, initiate, novice, official, rookie [informal], tiro, tyro

Part of: electrical system

Encyclopedia: Starter