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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Start \Start\, n.
1. The act of starting; a sudden spring, leap, or motion,
caused by surprise, fear, pain, or the like; any sudden
motion, or beginning of motion.
The fright awakened Arcite with a start. --Dryden.
2. A convulsive motion, twitch, or spasm; a spasmodic effort.
For she did speak in starts distractedly. --Shak.
Nature does nothing by starts and leaps, or in a
3. A sudden, unexpected movement; a sudden and capricious
impulse; a sally; as, starts of fancy.
To check the starts and sallies of the soul.
4. The beginning, as of a journey or a course of action;
first motion from a place; act of setting out; the outset;
-- opposed to finish.
The start of first performance is all. --Bacon.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. --Shak.
At a start, at once; in an instant. [Obs.]
At a start he was betwixt them two. --Chaucer.
To get the start, or To have the start, to begin before
another; to gain or have the advantage in a similar
undertaking; -- usually with of. "Get the start of the
majestic world." --Shak. "She might have forsaken him if
he had not got the start of her." --Dryden.
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