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Starter vs Leaven - What's the difference?

starter | leaven |

As nouns the difference between starter and leaven

is that starter is someone who starts something while leaven is any agent used to make dough rise or to have a similar effect on baked goods.

As a verb leaven is

to add a leavening agent.




(en noun)
  • Someone who starts something.
  • a starter on a journey
  • # The person who starts a race by firing a gun or waving a flag
  • # (baseball) A starting pitcher.
  • Something that starts something.
  • It's small, but it's a good starter house.
  • # An electric motor that starts an internal combustion engine
  • # A device that initiates the flow of high voltage electricity in a fluorescent lamp
  • # A yeast culture used to start a fermentation process
  • The first course of a meal, consisting of a small, usually savoury, dish.
  • (team sports) A player in the lineup of players that a team fields at the beginning of a game.
  • A dog that rouses game.
  • Synonyms

    * (first course of a meal) hors d’oeuvre


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    (en noun)
  • Any agent used to make dough rise or to have a similar effect on baked goods.
  • (figurative) Anything that makes a general assimilating (especially a corrupting) change in the mass.
  • * Bible, Luke xii. 1
  • Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

    Derived terms

    * leavenless * natural leaven


    (en verb)
  • To add a leavening agent.
  • To cause to rise by fermentation.
  • (figuratively) To temper an action or decision.
  • *
  • With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get
  • To imbue; to infect; to vitiate.
  • * Milton
  • With these and the like deceivable doctrines, he leavens also his prayer.

    Derived terms

    * leavened * leavening * unleavened

    See also

    * yeast