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Definition 1: a culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough - [noun denoting act]

Samples where starter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • to make sourdough you need a starter

(starter is a kind of ...) (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar)

"the culture of cells in a Petri dish"

Definition 2: a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for starter in the sense of this definition

(starter is a kind of ...) a tool used with workers' hands

(... is a kind of starter ) crank used to start an engine

Definition 3: an electric motor for starting an engine - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for starter in the sense of this definition

(starter is a kind of ...) a motor that converts electricity to mechanical work

(... is a kind of starter ) a starter (as on a motorcycle) that is activated with the foot and the weight of the body

(... is a kind of starter ) an electric starting motor that automatically starts an internal-combustion engine

(... is part of starter) equipment in a motor vehicle that provides electricity to start the engine and ignite the fuel and operate the lights and windshield wiper and heater and air conditioner and radio

Definition 4: food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course) - [noun denoting food]

Synonyms for starter in the sense of this definition

(starter is a kind of ...) part of a meal served at one time

"she prepared a three course meal"

(... is a kind of starter ) a course of appetizers in an Italian meal

(... is a kind of starter ) an appetizer consisting usually of a thin slice of bread or toast spread with caviar or cheese or other savory food

(... is a kind of starter ) an appetizer served as a first course at a meal

(... is a kind of starter ) a dish served as an appetizer before the main meal

(... is a kind of starter ) raw vegetables cut into bite-sized strips and served with a dip

Definition 5: any new participant in some activity - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for starter in the sense of this definition

(starter is a kind of ...) someone new to a field or activity

(... is a kind of starter ) any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)

Definition 6: the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for starter in the sense of this definition

(starter is a kind of ...) someone who administers the rules of a game or sport

"the golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling"

Definition 7: a contestant in a team sport who is in the game at the beginning - [noun denoting person]

(starter is a kind of ...) a person who participates in competitions

(... is a kind of starter ) (baseball) a pitcher who starts in a baseball game

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