starting point

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Noun1.starting point - earliest limiting point
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"

starting point

noun
1. first step, opening, foundation, introduction, first move, opening gambit These proposals represent a realistic starting point for negotiation.
2. point of departure, starting post They had already walked a couple of miles or more from their starting point.
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The counter movement reaches the starting point of the first movement in the west- Paris- and subsides.
There is a certain mountain which serves as a landmark and a guide for a starting point.
They were just reaching the dammed-up stream on their way to the starting point.
We must take, then, for our starting point, this velocity of 800 yards.
I don't ask you to reveal it, but I will suppose a case--a case which you will answer as a starting point for the real thing I am going to come at, and that's all I want.
Nevertheless this version has served as the starting point for almost all those that have come after it in English, as even a hasty reader of this one must be conscious; and no reader can fail to admire in it the sturdy Saxon vigor which has helped to make our own version one of the great masterpieces of English literature.
She floated at the starting point of a long journey, very still in an immense stillness, the shadows of her spars flung far to the eastward by the setting sun.
Yewdell's group determined that the gene is, in fact, read from both starting points.
His starting points which, he has said, developed as visual images in his mind - defy many of the conformities of human life, the demands of gravity, physiology and general behaviour.
The manual provides agents with several starting points with which to begin a transfer pricing examination.
Aid strategic planning by using the views as starting points for exploration and challenges that will emerge.
In some cases, for instance, certain collections of starting points lead to the same end points.