American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sports An apparatus that braces a runner's feet at the start of a race, consisting of two angled supports adjustably mounted on a rigid frame that is usually anchored to the track.
- n. Sports One of the raised platforms mounted at one end of a pool from which swimmers begin a race.
- n. The beginning of a period of time or an endeavor.
- n. block providing bracing for a runner's feet at start of a race
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