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  1. bootstrapverb

    a strap that is looped and sewn to the top of a boot for pulling it on

  2. bootstrapverb

    help oneself, often through improvised means


  1. bootstrapnoun

    A loop (leather or other material) sewn at the side or top rear of a boot to help in pulling the boot on.

  2. bootstrapnoun

    A means of advancing oneself or accomplishing something without aid.

    He used his business experience as a bootstrap to win voters.

  3. bootstrapnoun

    The process by which the operating system of a computer is loaded into its memory

  4. bootstrapnoun

    The process necessary to compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.

  5. bootstrapnoun

    Any method or instance of estimating properties of an estimator (such as its variance) by measuring those properties when sampling from an approximating distribution.

  6. bootstrapverb

    To help (oneself) without the aid of others.

    Sam spent years bootstrapping himself through college.

  7. bootstrapverb

    To load the operating system into the memory of a computer. Usually shortened to boot.

  8. bootstrapverb

    To compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.

    Bootstrapping means building the GNU C Library, GNU Compiler Collection and several other key system programs.


  1. bootstrap

    Bootstrapping is a self-starting process that is supposed to proceed without external input.


  1. bootstrap

    Bootstrap generally refers to a process or method that is self-sustaining or self-starting, typically one that does not require external input. It originates from the phrase "to pull oneself up by one's bootstraps" symbolizing self-improvement or self-reliance. In the world of technology and computing, bootstrapping refers to the startup process of a computer system. In statistics, it refers to a method for estimating the sampling distribution of an estimator by resampling with replacement from the original sample.

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  1. bootstrap

    My son pulled himself of by the bootstrap and got a wonderful job at a computer company.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 20, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bootstrap in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bootstrap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of bootstrap in a Sentence

  1. Bill Gates:

    The very first ones are still fairly expensive. It's gon na take time before we get the volume to really take down to the low end of the market, but this is how we bootstrap it, and we got a lot of enthusiasm here that this can be made cheap enough that we can cover Africa, which would not happen without this breakthrough.

  2. Casey Dreier:

    That's kind of the grand experiment that we're actually starting to run now, no one really knows the answer to : Can we bootstrap a self-sustaining marketplace ?

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