What does kick start mean?

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alem Kibreab:

    Mining in most countries is used to kick-start the economy.

  2. European Commission:

    Europe needs a kick-start and today the Commission is applying the jump leads.

  3. Chief Executive Bill Winters:

    The group needs to kick-start performance, reduce its cost base and bureaucracy ... and speed up decision making.

  4. Jennifer Morgan:

    INDCs have been put on the table, but the linkages between funding them and getting implementation going is still in the early stages. This is trying to kick-start that.

  5. Hakan Bjorkman:

    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.

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