Meaning of starter in English:


Pronunciation /ˈstɑːtə/

Translate starter into Spanish


  • 1A person or thing that starts in a specified way.

    ‘I'm just a slow starter’
    • ‘Also a serious Palme d' Or contender, Chunhyang is a slow starter.’
    • ‘Despite the crowd's obvious enthusiasm, the gig was a slow starter.’
    • ‘He may have been a slow starter, but lately O'Shea has been surging forward.’
    • ‘Like his good friend Henry he has been a slow starter although he remains confident of an upturn.’
    • ‘Johnny wanted him to come out, but the staff said, you know, he's a slow starter.’
    • ‘Throughout his career, he has always been a slow starter - but a great finisher.’
    • ‘A slow starter at the best of times, he kept missing good-length balls from the mighty Murtagh and Sampson.’
    • ‘One of the things about being a slow starter is that you work a little harder.’
    • ‘Maria had to come back from a set down against Ai Sugiyama, too, but that doesn't make her a slow starter.’
    • ‘Throughout my whole career I've basically been a slow starter.’
    • ‘Arguello was usually a slow starter and Ismael was a very good counter puncher.’
    • ‘That's another way of saying she is a slow starter and sometimes even a no-starter.’
    • ‘After the best first round of his career by a champion who formerly had the reputation of being a slow starter, the only question was how long Brodie would last.’
    • ‘Favourite Ivan Denisovich was a slow starter, and could only finish fourth.’
    • ‘It will be interesting to see how Greer, traditionally a slow starter, responds to the long layoff.’
    • ‘Perhaps fortunately for Finley, he is usually a slow starter and thus is used to overcoming slumps.’
    • ‘Johnson always has been a bit of a slow starter in terms of throwing out runners.’
    • ‘He does however still drift in and out of games, whilst he seems to be a slow starter to each new season.’
    • ‘I look forward to St Valentine's Day, partly because I was a late starter and never received any cards or presents until I met my partner nine years ago.’
    • ‘As a professional footballer, Paul was a late starter.’
    novice, beginner, starter, tyro, neophyte, new recruit, raw recruit, fledgling, new boy, new girl, novitiate
    1. 1.1A person who gives the signal for the start of a race.
      ‘‘The starter held the race while the announcer told people I was retiring,’ said Hickman.’
      • ‘As the starters signalled the first race a light rain signalled the wintry conditions at Munich's Olympic regatta course.’
      • ‘Tarapore and Kapila even had the discomfiture of being fined five penalty points for jumping the starter's gun in the second race.’
      • ‘At the second race, the starter didn't show up, and Sweeney's career as a flagman was launched.’
    2. 1.2with adjective A horse, competitor, or player taking part in a race or game at the start.
      ‘the trainer has confirmed Cool Ground as a definite starter’
      • ‘Worse still, every paper lists him as a definite starter in Sunday's game.’
      • ‘Hold That Tiger is the only one of O'Brien's potential starters to have raced in the United States this year.’
      • ‘Paraneck Stable's former classic starter Griffinite has been retired due to a slight ligament strain in his left front leg.’
      • ‘Sellers was injured when he was thrown from his mount, first-time starter Hike, before the afternoon's fifth race.’
      • ‘Taiki Blizzard is the most recent Japanese-based starter in the Breeders' Cup Classic.’
      • ‘Mullins says Mossy Greene is his only definite starter but that the two big names are ready to run and will reappear quite soon even if they don't make Clonmel.’
      • ‘Frankel's other starter in the race, Stronach Stable's Milwaukee Brew, figures to be closing in deep stretch.’
      • ‘It also prompted Bailey to tout the filly, trained by Frank Brothers, as a possible starter in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.’
      • ‘Susan Magnier's Reach for the Moon is the lone starter from the powerful Aidan O'Brien stable.’
      • ‘Four of the 12 listed starters were scratched as the race was contested over a turf course listed as soft.’
      • ‘He has sired one starter from two foals of racing age.’
      • ‘Shirttail is the only starter from five foals in the first crop of racing age of Shirttail Flying, who has also sired four yearlings.’
      • ‘Sir Spellbinder, a ten-year-old son of Time for a Change, has one other starter out of five foals in one crop of racing age.’
      • ‘Same Day Blues is Same Day Delivery's first starter from 10 foals in his first crop of racing age.’
      • ‘Freshman sire Canvas has sired one winner and one starter from 11 foals of racing age in his first crop.’
      • ‘She is the only starter from four foals of racing age in her sire's first crop.’
      • ‘O'Brien also outlined plans with Racing Post for some of his other prominent starters in regards to the Breeders' Cup.’
      • ‘Hendricks had been winless with 18 previous starters during the Del Mar meet.’
      • ‘Average starters remained the same from 2002 with 9.1 going to the gate this year.’
      • ‘Classic starters Pinpoint and Hal's Image finished sixth and seventh, respectively.’
    3. 1.3Baseball The pitcher who starts the game.
      ‘The team should sign a cheap center fielder, a cheaper third basemen, and a starter.’
      • ‘This represents a combined total of just 23 wins for both starters for the first game of a World Series.’
      • ‘The Giants pulled ahead early in the first three games against shaky Dodger starters, only to let the Dodgers claw their way back into the game.’
      • ‘The four starters, key pitchers in this series, were more than a full run higher at 3.52.’
      • ‘I will touch on many of the topics, the Yankees, the A's, an article on the game's better starters.’
      • ‘Clearly, even as starters, these pitchers were lethal to opposing hitters.’
      • ‘The only starter in that game who did not reach the Hall of Fame was National League center fielder Wally Berger of the Boston Braves.’
      • ‘Completing a lot of innings and winning games is what a starter strives for.’
      • ‘The length of time a young starter remains in a game is now pretty much governed by his pitch count.’
      • ‘He was a late-inning replacement in each of the four World Series games after being a starter for the previous three seasons.’
      • ‘Kieswetter was able to empty his bench in the final minute and allow the large crowd to salute the veteran starters who exited the game.’
      • ‘Both benches will be key in letting the starters decide this game.’
      • ‘Manager Jimy Williams will need to use his starters deeper into games; the Cubs' bullpen is far stronger.’
      • ‘The only way they can revive is if their young pitchers develop into quality starters, but two of their best will be out in 2005.’
      • ‘Manager Phil Garner wants his pitchers, particularly the starters, to be more aggressive.’
      • ‘Torre hasn't announced the starter for Sunday's game against Boston, and didn't completely rule out Brown.’
      • ‘You end up playing their NBA teams, but against less skilled players who wouldn't be starters for a game.’
      • ‘Yogi Berra hit a two-run homer in the third inning off starter Bob Buhl.’
      • ‘Excellent prospect as a major league starter - three above-average pitches.’
      • ‘Perez did not emerge as a consistent major league starter until last season, but his talent was discovered much earlier.’
    4. 1.4A topic, question, or other item with which to start a group discussion or course of study.
      ‘material to act as a starter for discussion’
      • ‘Also, it may serve as a discussion starter for small cooperative groups or with the whole group in the university classroom.’
      • ‘Occasionally it's been the starter for a conversation.’
      • ‘The photos make it a great gift idea, while the information acts as a starter for readers with a new interest in wine.’
      • ‘As a starter for analyst research, what about the following?’
      • ‘Sometimes open-ended questions for class discussions were effective starters.’
      • ‘The book may serve as a conversation starter for thoughtful parents and gifted children.’
      • ‘This book is a good starter for building your personal picture of the Korean War.’
      • ‘You can look up both pitches on Smith's opponents' websites, in addition to their platforms, which have many potential discussion starters.’
      • ‘If you don't want to be so formal, don't bother with a list of discussion starters.’
      • ‘Summary Points and Essay / Critical Thinking Questions wrap up each chapter, serving as discussion starters.’
      • ‘The most important structuring device of this approach is the question starters that are provided to students to guide their peer discussion.’
      • ‘There have been no protests about people who feel their right to debate a contentious assertion in the NDT has been quashed by over-zealous topic starters.’
      • ‘All of these questions are in the form of question starters, such as, What does… mean?’
      • ‘We invite news organizations to use the guidelines as a discussion starter to craft or revise their own policies and guidelines.’
      • ‘The book could be used as a discussion starter in a Christian Education program, though I don't recommend it.’
    5. 1.5as modifier Denoting something regarded as suitable for a person who is new to a particular activity, product, etc.
      ‘consumers upgrading from a regular mobile phone to a starter smartphone’
      • ‘He told me that a good starter bike would run me about $400, and there the dream died.’
      • ‘If you want to tackle the tricky world of permanent life insurance, here's a starter guide.’
      • ‘Every day on my way to work I pass the site of a new "starter castle" - the six-car garage kind springing up in farm fields and open land across the country.’
      • ‘It's a good starter biography for younger viewers who might go on to familiarize themselves with the writings of this great author.’
      • ‘If you are looking for the perfect starter classic or simply a weekend car for blatting about in, this is the car for you.’
      • ‘I find my modest starter garden in the city highly satisfying.’
      • ‘It's a good painting at a good price—a starter Warhol—but someone else is willing to go to almost $1.5 million.’
      • ‘It seems like a lot of people think that a guinea pig or a rabbit is a good starter pet for a child.’
      • ‘It's a great starter phone for someone who is not real tech savvy.’
      • ‘They sell starter packs showing people how to grow their own bonsai trees. ’
      • ‘The starter kit provides developers with the base technology they need to collect data, connect to the network, and use the software to manage and analyze collected data. ’
      • ‘Finding starter homes at good prices is difficult.’
      • ‘From massive investment pieces down to smaller starter artworks, the art fair is a beautiful and varied place to view art.’
      • ‘She bought her first home—a 4,851-square-foot starter pad in Calabasas—when she was just 17 years old.’
      • ‘The two-player starter set retails for $14.99 and comes with everything you need to play the game with two people.’
      • ‘These gloves are a great starter option with core ventilation mesh panels.’
      • ‘ I look at the minimum wage as a starter wage .’
      • ‘If you would like a free home composting starter kit, get in touch.’
      • ‘After living in a few rentals in the East Village and SoHo, Chen bought a starter one-bedroom in Greenwich Village.’
  • 2An automatic device for starting a machine, especially the engine of a vehicle.

    as modifier ‘the starter motor’
    • ‘When you turn the ignition key, the starter motor spins the engine a few revolutions so that the combustion process can start.’
    • ‘From the darkened bar from which I dictate this missive, I can hear the starter engines revving up!’
    • ‘The difference is there is a helicopter starter engine that always keeps the turbo spinning at high revs, and hence the power.’
    • ‘On his return, I sat into the car, turned on the ignition and pulled the starter switch and the engine came to life immediately.’
    • ‘My car mechanic, recently working on my car's engine, struggled for an hour to remove the starter motor.’
    • ‘It starts a combustion engine by igniting a fuel-air charge without engaging the starter motor.’
    • ‘I grimaced, crossing my fingers and jabbing the starter button for the engine.’
    • ‘The rocker switch was positioned to the left engine and the starter switch was engaged.’
    • ‘About the most modern part of the electronics on the Morgan is the ignition key to connect the battery to the starter motor!’
    • ‘The hybrid's electric motor itself serves as the starter motor.’
    • ‘This system is setup so that the driver, with foot on the brake, pushes the button once, and the starter cranks until the engine starts.’
    • ‘What's needed is a new version of the automatic starter that replaced those antique car hand cranks.’
    • ‘Mikes double stint was further delayed when a starter motor problem forced the team to push the car into the garage while the component was replaced.’
    • ‘Mysteriously, my starter motor failed whilst the car was with them too.’
    • ‘However, concern over the starter motor stayed with them until the end of the rally.’
    • ‘This meant that he had to get off the start line of stages five and six using just the starter motor.’
    • ‘She said they had hired Mr Moss to fix a starter motor on one of their fleet, a 50-seater 40 ft-long coach.’
    • ‘Retired bus driver Alan Liptrot, 66, was knocked down by the Skoda car as he used a piece of wire to start a faulty starter motor.’
    • ‘The team had also lost time changing a starter motor, and then Dayton received a stop-and-go penalty for speeding in the pit lane.’
    • ‘Then the starter motor packed up, so from that point on I always parked on a hill so I could bump start it.’
    1. 2.1A railway signal controlling the starting of trains from a station or other location.
      • ‘The starter signal may show Attention or Caution to provide permission for a train to leave a station, instead of the Proceed indication.’
  • 3mainly British The first course of a meal.

    ‘Even at buffet dinners, it is advisable to stick to the usual schedule of salads, soups, starters, main course and dessert.’
    • ‘It offered the usual salads, starters, cooked meals, wines and rakias as well as a decent selection of seafood dishes at very good prices.’
    • ‘From finger foods and starters to main courses, pastry and puddings, he has produced a range of ingenious recipes to tempt even the most committed carnivore.’
    • ‘The guests will enjoy a four-course meal that includes two starters of fresh asparagus and a seafood mix.’
    • ‘So was the food, which consisted of three starters and a main course of three curries, pilau rice and two nan breads.’
    • ‘Contestants will have one hour to create menus, which must include a seafood starter and seafood main course along with suggested accompanying wines.’
    • ‘We had delicious salad starters, followed by steak and chicken dishes and then divine chocolate puddings.’
    • ‘Do I need to tell you that the last thing you want as a starter to your evening meal after a day of tropical heat is eggs Benedict?’
    • ‘Serve them at tea time or as starters before meals.’
    • ‘The variety of food is extremely wide - from salads, cold and hot starters and pizzas to main courses of lamb, pork, chicken, or fish.’
    • ‘This one has mangos in all dishes from starters, soups to main course delicacies and desserts.’
    • ‘On our visit last week we threw caution to the wind and ordered nearly a meal's worth of starters.’
    • ‘TV chef Lesley Waters has been recruited to showcase a range of mouth-watering British recipes, including starters, main courses and puddings.’
    • ‘But there's nothing small about the menu, which changes every eight weeks: seven starters and seven main courses, plus a list of daily specials.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, down in Pimlico, four starters, four main courses, two ice creams, three beers and a pot of tea came to £65 with tip.’
    • ‘We spent the next 10 minutes trying to choose two starters and main courses - we usually share, having half of each other's dishes.’
    • ‘They served the starters with the main course, knocked over bottles of beer, forgot the dessert menu and couldn't get the credit card machine to work for a while.’
    • ‘Despite the flaws, there was enough expertise in the starters and second course to confirm that there is still a great deal of talent in the Balbirnie kitchen.’
    • ‘To round off a quality meal, we also found that the puddings were a rarity - ones that lived up to the quality of the starters and main courses.’
    • ‘It's not like your average menu of starters, main courses and puddings, where you can gauge how much of each to eat if you want to leave room for the rest.’
    starter, canapé, first course, finger food, titbit, savoury, snack
  • 4 informal A plan or idea that has a chance of succeeding and is therefore worthy of consideration.

    • ‘she began to think that she must move away, yet she knew that it was not even a starter’
    • ‘As a football player, he was not even a starter.’
  • 5

    (also starter culture)
    A bacterial culture used to initiate souring in making yogurt, cheese, or butter.

    ‘Then a starter culture of lactic streptococci and lactobacilli bacteria is added.’
    • ‘The traditional process of cheesemaking ensues when the bacteria in the starter culture begin growing by fermenting the lactose in the milk into lactic acid.’
    • ‘Fruit may contribute undesirable yeasts and bacteria to the yogurt, making it a poor starter culture.’
    • ‘The starter culture initiates the process, and begins the growth of the bacteria.’
    • ‘The first step is to add a starter culture to milk, and add to that a rennet coagulant, made from a calf's fourth stomach.’
    • ‘It will also be valuable for natural cheeses, and if they want to know the starter culture.’
    • ‘Let it cool to about 45 degrees and add yogurt starter culture, available at health food stores, or live culture yogurt from the grocery store.’
    • ‘The starter culture was diluted 1: 30 into fresh medium containing 100 M of IPTG.’
    • ‘With their understanding of the company, they were the starter culture, in Mackey's metaphor, launching the fermentation that would turn Columbus Circle into a true Whole Foods store.’
    • ‘Finding a suitable starter culture can at times be difficult.’
    • ‘Oxygen is an especially important nutrient, which is supplied in large quantity during production of the yeast starter culture.’
    • ‘However, these counts may not accurately reflect probiotic content as they do not differentiate probiotic bacteria from starter culture bacteria such as S. thermophilus.’
    • ‘After incubation at 37°C for 2 days, a single colony was picked and put into a 10 ml starter culture which also contained 20 g/ml chloramphenicol.’
    • ‘A 10 mL starter culture (LB broth with 50 mg/mL carbenicillin) was inoculated from frozen stock and incubated overnight at 37°C with shaking.’
    • ‘‘Where my gut feeling is, the important factors are proper starter culture, proper usage, and raw milk quality,’ says Reddy.’
    • ‘To the company's intellectual property belongs also a collection of over 700 lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria isolated from ecologically pure regions of the country and over 100 various starter culture combinations.’
    • ‘Strains are available for a range of desired properties; for instance, there are designated classes of cultures for use in cheese starter cultures, yogurt, milk, buttermilk and sour cream.’
    • ‘The TBAK technology determines bacterial counts in cheese starter cultures in fewer than 10 minutes.’
    • ‘The starter cultures generally are desirable bacteria that produce lactic acid, gas for eye development, flavor, color and texture, and give milk its consistency.’
    • ‘‘They're normal inhabitants of our gastrointestinal tracts; they're used as starter cultures in different cheeses in Egypt; and there are a lot of Enterococcus that enter our system,’ she says.’
    novice, starter, learner, student, pupil, trainee, apprentice, probationer
    1. 5.1A mixture of fermenting dough reserved from an earlier batch of baking, used to initiate fermentation in fresh dough.
    2. 5.2A preparation of chemicals to initiate the breakdown of vegetable matter in making compost.
      ‘This suggests that phosphorus is more important than nitrogen in the starter fertilizer.’
      • ‘It isn't necessary to add the starter culture, but Gates recommends it to ensure that your vegetables begin fermenting with a hardy strain of healthy bacteria.’


    for starters
    • First of all; to start with.

      • ‘‘Anything else?’ ‘That'll do for starters.’’
      • ‘Well, for starters, some red wine always helps to mellow the evening.’
      • ‘Well, for starters we must remember that he was only 32 when he was shot.’
      • ‘Put it this way, the junkie people in London couldn't afford it, for starters: the drinks are extremely expensive.’
      • ‘Well, for starters he is a columnist for the left-wing American Prospect magazine.’
      • ‘So burgers, wool, zoos and safe medicine are out, for starters.’
      • ‘It shows how narrow economic modelling is, for starters, let alone whether or not it's been done accurately.’
      • ‘But, for starters, the metal and glass front has to go and the ancient walls properly replaced.’
      • ‘Well, for starters, it's going to be hard to bring home all your stuff from Wal-Mart now.’
      • ‘There's a few others I can't remember the names of, but that'll do for starters.’
      • ‘He praised Secretary Rice for starters, saying he thought her trip had gone quite well.’
    under starter's orders
    • (of horses, runners, or other competitors) ready to start a race and just waiting for the signal.

      ‘The race is under starter's orders to find the UK's strongest man.’
      • ‘There are seven races on each day with the first race coming under starter's orders at 2.15 pm.’
      • ‘The running of Africa's greatest horse-race event at Greyville looks set to smash records, and that's before the horses come under starter's orders.’
      • ‘It's too early to name the runners and riders, let alone pretend we are under starter's orders.’
      • ‘The skies cleared on Sunday long enough to enable Salisbury Racecourse's 2004 season to finally go under starter's orders, writes Mike Turner.’
      • ‘Two months before the Royal event goes under starter's orders, Ascot ‘tsar’ Shane Chalmers today rolled out a detailed timetable of entertainment.’
      • ‘Birch, 32, is competing in the London Marathon, which gets under starter's orders on April 14 on behalf of City and the Trust.’
      • ‘Racing comes under starter's orders at 1pm and is set to end at 4.30 pm.’
      • ‘The nation will be holding its breath today as one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events of the year gets under starter's orders.’
      • ‘They're under starter's orders for this year's Great Yorkshire Show, with organisers determined to bounce back after 2001's foot and mouth-enforced cancellation.’