Definitions for kick start
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kick starter, kick start(verb)
a starter (as on a motorcycle) that is activated with the foot and the weight of the body
start (a motorcycle) by means of a kick starter
The metal bar on motorcycle that is used to start its engine.
The act of starting a motorcycle by quickly depressing the kick start with one's foot.
A fast or strong start; help with starting or beginning well.
An impetus that starts or restarts some process.
To start a motorcycle
To start or begin strongly or quickly.
Origin: From 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.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Europe needs a kick-start and today the Commission is applying the jump leads.
The group needs to kick-start performance, reduce its cost base and bureaucracy ... and speed up decision making.
We need to kick-start counseling and testing on high risk groups, follow up on patients who have defaulted on their treatment, and restart campaigns in schools and public places now the bans have been lifted.
We believe the cyclical recovery in India has begun. The new government is focused on boosting potential growth and removing bottlenecks, which will kick start the investment and consumption cycles leading to enhanced GDP growth.
Expectations were high when the military took over that they could kick-start spending quickly, but this has been difficult with the government's focus (rightly or wrongly) on constitutional reform, in hindsight, perhaps it was unrealistic to expect so much of a government that, for all intents and purposes, is a caretaker until democracy is restored.
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