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Alternative forms[edit]

  • pre-start


pre- +‎ start


prestart (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly yachting) Prior to the beginning of a race
    • 2007 April 29, Agence France-Presse, “Oracle Loses for First Time but Finishes Round With Lead”, in New York Times[1]:
      BMW Oracle Racing seemed to have the prestart advantage after its skipper, Chris Dickson, locked the Kiwis out in front of the line [] .


prestart (plural prestarts)

  1. (yachting) The countdown immediately before the start of a race.
    • 2007 June 23, Christopher Clarey, “Breaking From Tradition in the America’s Cup”, in New York Times[2]:
      The Swiss, whose only Swiss crew member is the owner Ernesto Bertarelli, have even maintained contact in the past month with the big moment approaching, practicing prestarts with Desafío Español and organizing training races with Luna Rossa Challenge.