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What is a starter?

Ekaterina Ermolaeva
Ekaterina Ermolaeva
December 19, 2014
What is a starter?

In English, there is the word "start". From this word there was a Russian term "starter". In the literal sense, it means "the initiator launching something."

What is a starter and what does it start?

Meaning of the word starter


The starter, as a device, is present in many mechanical systems. This is a kind of trigger, for example:

  • in the internal combustion engine: the starter is a device that spins the crankshaft, which contributes to the start of the engine.
  • almost the same meaning this word takes in the aviation industry. The starter is involved in the launch of non-powered aircraft models. Such a device can be both on board and remotely.
  • Also, a starter is a mechanism located in a glow discharge lamp that supplies voltage to the lamp contacts. For example, a starter in a neon lamp.


A starter is not only a device, but also a person who is involved in starting something, for example:

  • in sports competitions - this is a person who allows the start - during a race or a group game.With his team begins the countdown.
  • in the aviation field, the starter controls the launch of the aircraft. At the same time, it can be directly behind the control panel, or watch the take-off from the side.

Card deck

The game with collectible cards is popular abroad; it is also accepted to call the finished deck for beginners in this game a starter.


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