What does the word outset mean?

Usage examples for outset

  1. A sufficient knowledge of it for use in the study of this book may be gained by means of the following experiments, which should be performed at the outset by each pupil. – An Introduction to Chemical Science by R.P. Williams
  2. They were to try and put a stop to our journey at its outset; but mounted men will have ridden on ahead, especially as they couldn't have been sure that we should follow this road. – Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden by G. A. Henty
  3. But I deemed it best to open a track at the outset across the country to the point of destination. – Thirty Years in the Itinerancy by Wesson Gage Miller