starting block


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start·ing block

(stär′tĭng)
n.
1.
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.

starting block

n
(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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
Translations
bloc de départ
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