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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kick starter, kick start(verb)

    a starter (as on a motorcycle) that is activated with the foot and the weight of the body

  2. kick-start(verb)

    start (a motorcycle) by means of a kick starter


  1. kick start(Noun)

    The metal bar on motorcycle that is used to start its engine.

  2. kick start(Noun)

    The act of starting a motorcycle by quickly depressing the kick start with one's foot.

  3. kick start(Noun)

    A fast or strong start; help with starting or beginning well.

  4. kick start(Noun)

    An impetus that starts or restarts some process.

  5. kick start(Verb)

    To start a motorcycle

  6. kick start(Verb)

    To start or begin strongly or quickly.

  7. Origin: From kick + start.


  1. Kick start

    Kick start refers to a method of starting an internal combustion engine by pushing a ratcheting lever with one's foot. Kick start mechanisms were almost universally a part of motorcycle engines before the mid-1970s, and were phased out of production over the next twenty years or so as electric starters became standard equipment. There are still some motorcycles produced that have both a kick and electric starters. Many mopeds and scooters also carry both a kick start and an electric start, the former being useful in case the latter fails, as scooter and moped batteries tend to be smaller and, as a result, run down much faster than other forms of automotive batteries. Also, it is usually not possible to push start a moped or scooter with automatic transmission. Larger motorcycles featured a manual compression release mechanism that made starting easier while modern units did this automatically through a cable attached to the kick start lever. Today, dedicated off-road motorcycles and many ATVs use kick start systems due to the increased weight of electric starters. The majority of the inexpensive two-wheelers and sometimes three-wheelers in developing countries also use kick start levers.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kick start in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kick start in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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