Definition of starting block in English:

starting block

Line breaks: start|ing block

noun

(usually starting blocks)
  • A shaped rigid block for bracing the feet of a runner at the start of a race: they will take their mark on official Olympic starting blocks figurative only six of a planned twenty hotels are off the starting blocks negotiations are not off the starting blocks yet
    More example sentences
    • Charles Booth, inventor of the runner's starting blocks, and the oldest competitor in a class all of his own, at this week's World Masters Games.
    • A Brentwood church and school are already on the starting blocks for the Olympic Games by hosting their own themed event.
    • Businesses, meanwhile, have raced out of the starting blocks and become more forceful players in this recovery.

More definitions of starting block

Definition of starting block in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw