What does boot mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boot(noun)

    footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg

  2. boot(noun)

    British term for the luggage compartment in a car

  3. bang, boot, charge, rush, flush, thrill, kick(noun)

    the swift release of a store of affective force

    "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks"

  4. boot(noun)

    protective casing for something that resembles a leg

  5. boot, the boot, iron boot, iron heel(noun)

    an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg

  6. boot(noun)

    a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed

  7. kick, boot, kicking(verb)

    the act of delivering a blow with the foot

    "he gave the ball a powerful kick"; "the team's kicking was excellent"

  8. boot(verb)

    kick; give a boot to

  9. boot, reboot, bring up(verb)

    cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes

    "boot your computer"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boot(noun)

    remedy; relief; amends; reparation; hence, one who brings relief

  2. Boot(noun)

    that which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make up for the deficiency of value in one of the things exchanged

  3. Boot(noun)

    profit; gain; advantage; use

  4. Boot(verb)

    to profit; to advantage; to avail; -- generally followed by it; as, what boots it?

  5. Boot(verb)

    to enrich; to benefit; to give in addition

  6. Boot(noun)

    a covering for the foot and lower part of the leg, ordinarily made of leather

  7. Boot(noun)

    an instrument of torture for the leg, formerly used to extort confessions, particularly in Scotland

  8. Boot(noun)

    a place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode; also, a low outside place before and behind the body of the coach

  9. Boot(noun)

    a place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned stagecoach

  10. Boot(noun)

    an apron or cover (of leather or rubber cloth) for the driving seat of a vehicle, to protect from rain and mud

  11. Boot(noun)

    the metal casing and flange fitted about a pipe where it passes through a roof

  12. Boot(verb)

    to put boots on, esp. for riding

  13. Boot(verb)

    to punish by kicking with a booted foot

  14. Boot(verb)

    to boot one's self; to put on one's boots

  15. Boot(noun)

    booty; spoil

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Boot

    bōōt, n. a covering for the foot and lower part of the leg generally made of leather: an infamous instrument of judicial torture, in which the legs were forced into a strong case and wedges driven in until bone, muscle, and marrow were crushed together—also Boot′ikin: a box or receptacle in a coach.—v.t. to put on boots.—n. Boot′-clos′er, one who closes the upper leathers of boots.—pa.p. Boot′ed, having boots on, equipped for riding.—ns. Boot′-hook, an instrument for pulling on long boots; Boot′hose (Shak.), hose or stockings used in place of boots; Boot′-jack, an instrument for taking off boots; Boot′lace, a lace for fastening boots; Boot′-last, Boot′-tree, the last or wooden mould on which boots or shoes are made or stretched to keep their shape.—adj. Boot′less, without boots: referring also, as in Tennyson's metaphorical use, 'wedded to a bootless calf,' to the ancient custom at a marriage by proxy of the quasi bridegroom putting one unbooted leg into the bride's bed.—n. Boots, the servant at an inn who cleans the boots, runs messages, &c.—in combination, as Lazyboots, Slyboots.—Boot and saddle (a corr. of Fr. bouteselle, place saddle), the signal to cavalry to mount.—Like old boots (slang), vigorously, heartily.—Six feet in his boots, quite six feet high.—To die in his boots, to be cut off in the midst of health, as by the rope; To have one's heart in one's boots, to be in a state of extreme terror. [O. Fr. bote (mod. botte)—Low L. botta, bota, of dubious origin.]

  2. Boot

    bōōt, v.t. to profit or advantage.—n. advantage: profit: any reparation or compensation paid, like the man-bote of old English law: (Shak.) booty.—adj. Boot′less, without boot or profit: useless.—adv. Boot′lessly.—n. Boot′lessness.—To boot, in addition; To make boot of (Shak.), to make profit of. [A.S. bót, compensation, amends, whence betan, to amend, to make Better.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. boot

    [techspeak; from ‘by one's bootstraps’] To load and initialize the operating system on a machine. This usage is no longer jargon (having passed into techspeak) but has given rise to some derivatives that are still jargon.The derivative reboot implies that the machine hasn't been down for long, or that the boot is a bounce (sense 4) intended to clear some state of wedgitude. This is sometimes used of human thought processes, as in the following exchange: “You've lost me.” “OK, reboot. Here's the theory....”This term is also found in the variants cold boot (from power-off condition) and warm boot (with the CPU and all devices already powered up, as after a hardware reset or software crash).Another variant: soft boot, reinitialization of only part of a system, under control of other software still running: “If you're running the mess-dos emulator, control-alt-insert will cause a soft-boot of the emulator, while leaving the rest of the system running.”Opposed to this there is hard boot, which connotes hostility towards or frustration with the machine being booted: “I'll have to hard-boot this losing Sun.” “I recommend booting it hard.” One often hard-boots by performing a power cycle.Historical note: this term derives from bootstrap loader, a short program that was read in from cards or paper tape, or toggled in from the front panel switches. This program was always very short (great efforts were expended on making it short in order to minimize the labor and chance of error involved in toggling it in), but was just smart enough to read in a slightly more complex program (usually from a card or paper tape reader), to which it handed control; this program in turn was smart enough to read the application or operating system from a magnetic tape drive or disk drive. Thus, in successive steps, the computer ‘pulled itself up by its bootstraps’ to a useful operating state. Nowadays the bootstrap is usually found in ROM or EPROM, and reads the first stage in from a fixed location on the disk, called the ‘boot block’. When this program gains control, it is powerful enough to load the actual OS and hand control over to it.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'boot' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2739

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    Rank popularity for the word 'boot' in Nouns Frequency: #1103

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of boot in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of boot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of boot in a Sentence

  1. Brandon Rola:

    Around the ninth, 10th shovel full, I hit a child's boot.

  2. Eric Hoffer:

    People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.

  3. George Orwell, 1984:

    If you want to imagine the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.

  4. Air Force:

    We are going to have to keep our boot on the throat of the underperforming contractors.

  5. George Orwell:

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever.

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