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 for starter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Self-starter \Self`-start"er\, n.
     A mechanism (usually one operated by electricity, compressed
     air, a spring, or an explosive gas), attached to an
     internal-combustion engine, as on an automobile, and used as
     a means of starting the engine without cranking it by hand;
     -- called also a starter.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Starter \Start"er\ (st[aum]rt"[~e]r), n.
     1. One who, or that which, starts; as, a starter on a
        journey; the starter of a race.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. A dog that rouses game.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an electric motor for starting an engine [syn: starter,
           starter motor, starting motor]
      2: a contestant in a team sport who is in the game at the
      3: the official who signals the beginning of a race or
         competition [syn: starter, dispatcher]
      4: any new participant in some activity [syn: newcomer,
         fledgling, fledgeling, starter, neophyte, freshman,
         newbie, entrant]
      5: food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served
         before a meal or as the first course) [syn: appetizer,
         appetiser, starter]
      6: a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel
         handle [syn: crank, starter]
      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"

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