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a. An apparatus that braces a runner's feet at the start of a sprint, consisting of two angled supports adjustably mounted on a rigid frame that is usually anchored to the track.
b. One of the raised platforms mounted at one end of a pool from which swimmers begin a race.
2. The beginning of an endeavor or period of time.
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(Athletics (Track & Field)) one of a pair of adjustable devices with pads or blocks against which a sprinter braces his or her feet in crouch starts
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|Noun||1.||starting block - block providing bracing for a runner's feet at start of a race|
block - a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); "the pyramids were built with large stone blocks"
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