American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To start (the engine of a motor vehicle) by using a booster cable connected to the battery of another vehicle or by engaging the drive train while the vehicle is rolling downhill or being pushed.
- v. Informal To start or reinvigorate (an activity, system, or process): "struggled to jump-start his once front-running . . . presidential campaign” ( Susan Feeney).
- n. The act, process, or an instance of starting a motor vehicle by using a booster cable or suddenly releasing the clutch while the vehicle is being pushed.
- n. Informal The act or an instance of starting or setting in motion a stalled or sluggish system or process.
- v. transitive To start a motor vehicle by passing an electrical current from a charged battery to the discharged battery of the vehicle being started, by means of a booster cable connecting the two batteries.
- v. transitive, figuratively To reactivate or rejuvenate.
- n. The process or result of jump-starting a motor vehicle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The action or event of jump-starting. For motor vehicles, the jump-starting of an engine is also called a
- v. start (a car engine whose battery is dead) by connecting it to another car's battery
- v. start or re-start vigorously
- n. starting an automobile engine that has a weak battery by means of jumper cables to another car
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“A: The general rule is you should drive the car for 15 to 30 minutes after a jump-start to make sure the battery gets a decent charge.”
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