start-up definition, start-up meaning | English dictionary

Search also in: Web News Encyclopedia Images



      n acronym for   Strategic Arms Reduction Talks  

bump start     (Brit)  
1    a method of starting a motor vehicle by engaging a low gear with the clutch depressed and pushing it or allowing it to run down a hill until sufficient momentum has been acquired to turn the engine by releasing the clutch  
2    tr   to start (a motor vehicle) using this method  
cold start  
      n     (Computing)   the reloading of a program or operating system  
flying start  
1      (Also called (informal))    flyer   (in sprinting) a start by a competitor anticipating the starting signal  
2    a start to a race or time trial in which the competitor is already travelling at speed as he passes the starting line  
3    any promising beginning  
4    an initial advantage over others  
head start  
      n   an initial advantage in a competitive situation  
     (originally referring to a horse's having its head in front of others at the start of a race)  
1    to start the engine of (a car) by pushing or rolling it and then engaging the gears or (of a car) to start in this way  
2    the act of starting a car in this way,   (Also (Brit.))    bump-start  
      vb   tr  
1    to start (a motorcycle engine) by means of a pedal that is kicked downwards  
2    Informal   to make (something) active, functional, or productive again  
3    an action or event resulting in the reactivation of something  
  kick-starter      n  
      vb   tr  
1    to start (a motor vehicle) by pushing it while it is in gear, thus turning the engine  
2    the act or process of starting a vehicle in this way  
1    to begin or cause to begin (something or to do something); come or cause to come into being, operation, etc.  
he started a quarrel, they started to work     
2    when intr, sometimes foll by: on   to make or cause to make a beginning of (a process, series of actions, etc.)  
they started on the project     
3    sometimes foll by: up   to set or be set in motion  
he started up the machine     
4    intr   to make a sudden involuntary movement of one's body, from or as if from fright; jump  
5    intr; sometimes foll by: up, away, etc   to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place  
6    to establish or be established; set up  
to start a business     
7    tr   to support (someone) in the first part of a venture, career, etc.  
8    to work or cause to work loose  
9    to enter or be entered in a race  
10    intr   to flow violently from a source  
wine started from a hole in the cask     
11    tr   to rouse (game) from a hiding place, lair, etc.  
12    intr   (esp. of eyes) to bulge; pop  
13       an archaic word for       startle  
14    intr     (Brit)  
informal   to commence quarrelling or causing a disturbance  
15    to start with   in the first place  
16    the first or first part of a series of actions or operations, a journey, etc.  
17    the place or time of starting, as of a race or performance  
18    a signal to proceed, as in a race  
19    a lead or advantage, either in time or distance and usually of specified extent, in a competitive activity  
he had an hour's start on me     
20    a slight involuntary movement of the body, as through fright, surprise, etc.  
she gave a start as I entered     
21    an opportunity to enter a career, undertake a project, etc.  
22    Informal   a surprising incident  
23    a part that has come loose or been disengaged  
24    by fits and starts   spasmodically; without concerted effort  
25    for a start   in the first place,   (See also)        start in       start off       start on       start out       start up  
     (Old English styrtan; related to Old Norse sterta to crease, Old High German sturzen to rush)  
start in  
      vb   adv   to undertake (something or doing something); commence or begin  
start off  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to set out on a journey  
2    to be or make the first step in an activity; initiate  
he started the show off with a lively song     
3    tr   to cause (a person) to act or do something, such as to laugh, to tell stories, etc.  
start on  
      vb   intr, prep     (Brit)  
informal   to pick a quarrel with (someone)  
start out  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to set out on a journey  
2    to take the first steps, as in life, one's career, etc.  
he started out as a salesman     
3    to take the first actions in an activity in a particular way or specified aim  
they started out wanting a house, but eventually bought a flat     
start up  
      vb   adv  
1    to come or cause to come into being for the first time; originate  
2    intr   to spring or jump suddenly from a position or place  
3    to set in or go into motion, activity, etc.  
he started up the engine, the orchestra started up     
4    of or relating to input, usually financial, made to establish a new project or business  
a start-up mortgage     
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Add your entry in the Collaborative Dictionary.