Etymology
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starter (n.)

c. 1400, stertour "instigator; one who starts," agent noun from start (v.). Mechanical sense is from 1875. For starters "to begin with" is 1873, American English colloquial. Starter home is from 1976; starter set is from 1946, originally of china.

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Definitions of starter

starter (n.)
an electric motor for starting an engine;
Synonyms: starter motor / starting motor
starter (n.)
a contestant in a team sport who is in the game at the beginning;
starter (n.)
the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition;
Synonyms: dispatcher
starter (n.)
any new participant in some activity;
Synonyms: newcomer / fledgling / fledgeling / neophyte / freshman / newbie / entrant
starter (n.)
food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course);
Synonyms: appetizer / appetiser
starter (n.)
a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle;
Synonyms: crank
starter (n.)
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
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