starting block
noun Date: 1937 1. a device that usually consists of two blocks mounted on either side of an adjustable frame and that provides a runner with a rigid surface against which to brace the feet at the start of a race 2. one of a series of boxes or low platforms at one end of a pool on which a competitor stands for the start of a swimming race

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  • starting-block — [ startiŋblɔk ] n. m. • 1939; mot angl. « bloc pour partir » ♦ Anglic. Sport Dispositif formé de deux cales réglables sur lesquelles le sprinteur met ses pieds, au départ. Des starting blocks. Recomm. offic. bloc de départ. ● starting block,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • starting block — ► NOUN ▪ a shaped rigid block for bracing the feet of a runner at the start of a race …   English terms dictionary

  • starting-block — s. m. Calço de partida para os corredores a pé.   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Starting-block — Départ d un athlète sur les starting blocks …   Wikipédia en Français

  • starting block — UK [ˈstɑː(r)tɪŋ ˌblɒk] / US [ˈstɑrtɪŋ ˌblɑk] noun [countable] Word forms starting block : singular starting block plural starting blocks one of a pair of small blocks against which a runner puts their feet at the start of a race …   English dictionary

  • starting block — starting blocks N COUNT: usu pl Starting blocks are blocks which runners put their feet against to help them move quickly forward at the start of a race …   English dictionary

  • starting block — noun block providing bracing for a runner s feet at start of a race • Hypernyms: ↑block * * * noun, pl ⋯ blocks [count] : a device that has two blocks for runners to put their feet on and push against at the start of a race sometimes used… …   Useful english dictionary

  • starting block — start|ing block [ startıŋ ,blak ] noun count one of a pair of small blocks against which a runner puts their feet at the start of a race …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • starting block — noun a shaped rigid block for bracing the feet of a runner at the start of a race …   English new terms dictionary

  • starting block — Track. a device used by runners, esp. sprinters, for increasing their speed off the mark, consisting of a metal or wooden frame, usually secured to the ground at both ends, with adjustable, triangular shaped blocks on each side for bracing the… …   Universalium

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