verb (used without object), Sports.
to leave the starting line or position too early and thereby necessitate repeating the signal to begin a race.
Sports. a premature start by one or more of the contestants, as in a swimming or track event, necessitating calling the field back to start again.
a failure to begin an undertaking successfully.
A wrong beginning, as in After several false starts she finally managed to write the first chapter. The term originated in racing, where it refers to beginning a race before the starting signal has been given. The expression was soon transferred to other kinds of failed beginning. [ Early 1800s ]
noun 1. a stumble. 2. an unwise or blundering act. noun 1. an unwise action 2. a stumble; slip A stumble or blunder, as in Making a down payment without securing a mortgage was clearly a false step. This term transfers physical stumbling or tripping to other enterprises. [ c. 1700 ]
- False suture
false suture n. A suture whose opposing margins are smooth or contain only a few projections.
noun 1. (def 2).
noun 1. any large, carnivorous bat of the families Megadermatidae and Phyllostomatidae, of Africa, Asia, and Australia, erroneously reputed to suck the blood of animals and humans. noun 1. any large insectivorous bat of the family Megadermatidae, of Africa, S and SE Asia, and Australia. They eat insects and small vertebrates but do not feed […]