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Meaning of starter

start•er

Pronunciation: (stär'tur), [key]
— 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. sourdough (def. 1).
  7. a shill, as at a gaming table in a casino.
  8. the card turned face up on the stack before the play.
  9. as the first step or part; initially; first: We will have soup for starters. For starters, he doesn't even know how to drive.
—adj.
  1. constituting a basis or beginning: a starter set of dishes; a starter home.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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