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STAR-PAV-ED, a. [star and paved.]

Studded with stars. The road of heaven star-paved. – Milton.

STAR-PROOF, a. [star and proof.]

Impervious to the light of the stars; as, a star-proof elm. – Milton.

STAR-READ, n. [star and read.]

Doctrine of the stars; astronomy. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

STAR'RED, pp. [or adj. from star.]

  1. Adorned or studded with stars; as, the starred queen of Ethiopia. – Milton.
  2. Influenced in fortune by the stars. My third comfort, / Starr'd most unluckily. – Shak.

STAR'RING, ppr. [or adj.]

  1. Adorning with stars.
  2. Shining; bright; sparkling; as, starring comets. [Not in use.]


Roofed with stars.

STAR'RY, a. [from star.]

  1. Abounding with stars; adorned with stars. Above the clouds, above the starry sky. – Pope.
  2. Consisting of stars; stellar; stellary; proceeding from the stars; as, starry light; starry flame. – Spenser. Dryden.
  3. Shining like stars; resembling stars; as, starry eyes. – Shak.

STAR-SHOOT, n. [star and shoot.]

A gelatinous substance often found in wet meadows, and formerly by some supposed to be the extinguished residuum of a shooting star. It is, however, not of meteoric, but of vegetable origin; being a fungus of the genus Tremella. I have seen a good quantity of that jelly, by the vulgar called a star-shoot, as if it remained upon the extinction of a falling star. – Bacon.


Spangled with stars. – E. Everett.


A kind of extraneous fossil, consisting of regular joints, each of which is of a radiated figure. – Encyc.

START, n.1

  1. A sudden motion of the body; a sudden twitch; a spastic affection; as, a start in sleep.
  2. A sudden motion from alarm. The fright awaken'd Arcite with a start. – Dryden.
  3. A sudden rousing to action; a spring; excitement. Now fear I this will give it start again. – Shak.
  4. Sally; sudden motion or effusion; a bursting forth; as, starts of fancy. To check the starts and sallies of the soul. – Addison.
  5. Sudden fit; sudden motion followed by intermission. For she did speak in starts distractedly. – Shak. Nature does nothing by starts and leaps, or in a hurry. – L'Estrange.
  6. A quick spring; a darting; a shoot; a push; as, to give a start. Both cause the string to give a quicker start. – Bacon.
  7. First motion from a place; act of setting out. The start of first performance is all. – Bacon. You stand like greyhounds in the slips, / Straining upon the start. – Shak. To get the start, to begin before another; to gain the advantage in a similar undertaking. Get the start of the majestic world. – Shak. She might have forsaken him, if he had not got the start of her. – Dryden.

START, n.2

A projection; a push; a horn; a tail. In the latter sense it occurs in the name of the bird red-start. Hence the Start, in Devonshire.

START, v.i. [D. storten, to pour, to spill, to fall, to rush, to tumble; Sw. störta, to roll upon the head, to pitch headlong; qu. G. stürzen. In Sax. steort is a tail, that is, a shoot or projection; hence the promontory so called in Devonshire. The word seems to be a derivative from the root of star, steer. The primary sense is to shoot, to dart suddenly, or to spring.]

  1. To move suddenly, as if by a twitch; as, to start in sleep or by a sudden spasm.
  2. To move suddenly, as by an involuntary shrinking from sudden fear or alarm. I start as from some dreadful dream. – Dryden.
  3. To move with sudden quickness, as with a spring or leap. A spirit fit to start into an empire, / And look the world to law. – Dryden.
  4. To shrink; to wince. But if he start, / It is the flesh of a corrupted heart. – Shak.
  5. To move suddenly aside; to deviate; generally with from, out of, or aside. Th' old drudging sun from his long beaten way / Shall at thy voice start and misguide the day. – Cowley. Keep your soul to the work when ready to start aside. – Watts.
  6. To set out; to commence a race, as from a barrier or goal. The horses started at the word, go. At once they start, advancing in a line. – Dryden.
  7. To set out; to commence a journey or enterprise. The public coaches start at six o'clock. When two start into the world together. – Collier. To start up, to rise suddenly, as from a seat or couch; or to come suddenly into notice or importance.

START, v.t.

  1. To alarm; to disturb suddenly; to startle; to rouse. Upon malicious bravery dost thou come, / To start my quiet? – Shak.
  2. To rouse suddenly from concealment; to cause to flee or fly; as, to start a hare or a woodcock; to start game. – Pope.
  3. To bring into motion; to produce suddenly to view or notice. Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Cesar. – Shak. The present occasion has started the dispute among us. – Lesley. So we say, to start a question, to start an objection; that is, to suggest or propose anew.
  4. To invent or discover; to bring within pursuit. Sensual men agree in the pursuit of every pleasure they can start. – Temple.
  5. To move suddenly from its place; to dislocate; as, to start a bone. One started the end of the clavicle from the sternum. – Wiseman.
  6. To empty, as liquor from a cask; to pour out; as, to start wine into another cask. – Mar. Dict.


Suddenly roused or alarmed; poured out, as a liquid; discovered; proposed; produced to view.


  1. One that starts; one that shrinks from his purpose. – Hudibras.
  2. One that suddenly moves or suggests a question or an objection.
  3. A dog that rouses game. – Delany.


Apt to start; skittish.


Aptness to start.


A plant of the genus Centaurea.


The act of moving suddenly.


Moving suddenly; shrinking; rousing commencing, as a journey, &c.


A loophole; evasion. – Martin.


by sudden fits or starts. – Shak.

START'ING-POST, n. [start and post.]

A post, stake barrier or place from which competitors in a race start begin the race.


Apt to start; skittish; shy.