boot camp


Definition of boot camp

1 : a navy or marine corps camp for basic training
2 : a disciplinary facility or program in which young offenders are forced to participate in a rigidly structured routine
3 : a place or undertaking that resembles a military boot camp especially by requiring one to endure intensive training or initiation Nowadays, the more talented players view their college years as necessary boot camp to prepare them for the riches waiting for them in pro football.— Anson Mount These youngsters are put through what amounts to a boot camp of courses in music notation, basic harmony and ear-training.Smithsonian

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People in the program undergo four weeks of lectures and training at CDC Atlanta, nicknamed epidemiology boot camp, and then can be deployed to locations around the world to investigate urgent outbreaks on the ground. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Disease Detectives," 7 Mar. 2019 Their guests don’t want Pilates classes or sunrise boot camps to pre-empt the indulgences that make vacations worth waiting for. Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "Wellness Getaways That Come With Tequila," 20 Feb. 2019 General Assembly, a private, for-profit company that offers boot camps in coding, data science and other disciplines, assembled the new data science standards board and is working with the companies to establish the standardized test. Ally Marotti, The Seattle Times, "Want a job in data science? There may be a test," 27 July 2018 Photo courtesy of the Eckard family Chris attended boot camp at Parris Island in South Carolina before moving to Marine combat training in Jacksonville, N.C., and ultimately to combat engineer school at Camp Lejeune. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "He loved his country so much he died for it. Here's how NASCAR is honoring him. | Charlotte Observer," 25 May 2018 In an historic first for the U.S. Marine Corps, women will be able to train alongside men during boot camp. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "An All-Female Marine Platoon Will Finally Train Alongside Men at Boot Camp," 5 Jan. 2019 Some may have a four-year degree in computer science, while others may have learned their data skills at a boot camp. Ally Marotti, The Seattle Times, "Want a job in data science? There may be a test," 27 July 2018 Some may have a four-year degree in computer science, while others may have learned their data skills at a boot camp. Ally Marotti,, "Companies in need of data scientists look to standardized test for hiring help," 5 July 2018 A few dozen schools including the University of Washington and University of Pennsylvania have teamed up with Trilogy Education Services to offer boot camps through extension or adult-education programs, charging $10,000 to $12,000. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "College and Coding Boot Camp Find a Way to Team Up," 30 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of boot camp

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of boot camp

: a camp where people who have recently joined the U.S. Army, Navy, or Marine Corps receive their basic training
: a short but very difficult training program : a program or situation that helps people become much better at doing something in a short period of time

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