Noun starter has 7 senses
  1. starter, starter motor, starting motor - an electric motor for starting an engine
    --1 is a kind of electric motor
    --1 is a part of electrical system
    --1 has particulars: kick starter, kick start; self-starter
  2. starter - a culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough; "to make sourdough you need a starter"
    --2 is a kind of
  3. starter - a contestant who is in the game at the beginning
    --3 is a kind of
    --3 has particulars: starting pitcher
  4. starter, dispatcher - the official who signals the beginning of a race or competition
    --4 is a kind of official
  5. newcomer, fledgling, fledgeling, starter, neophyte, freshman, newbie, entrant - any new participant in some activity
    --5 is a kind of novice, beginner, tyro, tiro, initiate
    --5 has particulars: recruit, enlistee
    Derived forms: verb start5, verb start1
  6. appetizer, appetiser, starter - food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
    --6 is a kind of course
    --6 has particulars:
     antipasto; apertif; canape; cocktail; hors d'oeuvre; crudites
  7. crank, starter - a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle
    --7 is a kind of hand tool
    --7 has particulars: crank handle, starting handle