Definitions for jump-start
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the starting, by means of booster cables, of an internal-combustion engine that has a discharged or weak battery.
(v.t.)to give a jump-start to:
to jump-start the car's engine.
to enliven or revive:
to jump-start a sluggish economy.
Origin of jump-start:
starting an automobile engine that has a weak battery by means of jumper cables to another car
"my battery was dead so I had to get a jumpstart from my neighbor"
jumpstart, jump-start, jump(verb)
start (a car engine whose battery is dead) by connecting it to another car's battery
start or re-start vigorously
"The Secretary of State intends to jumpstart the Middle East Peace Process"
The process or result of jump-starting a motor vehicle.
I left my headlights on all night. Could you give me a jump-start?
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.
To reactivate or rejuvenate.
Giving a really good speech at the convention could jump-start her political career.