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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports A start before other contestants in a race.
  • n. An early start that confers an advantage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An advantage consisting in starting a competition or task earlier than might be expected; given (or taken), for example, prior to the beginning of a race.
  • n. A factor conducive to superiority and success

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)

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