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boot

noun \ ˈbüt \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of boot

1 archaic : deliverance
2 : something to equalize a trade
3 obsolete : avail
to boot

Origin and Etymology of boot

Middle English, from Old English bōt remedy — more at better


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boot

verb

Definition of boot

booted; booting; boots
archaic

First Known Use of boot

15th century

in the meaning defined above

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boot

noun

Definition of boot

plural boots
1 : a fitted covering (as of leather or rubber) for the foot and usually reaching above the ankle
2 : an instrument of torture used to crush the leg and foot
3 : something that resembles or is likened to a boot; especially : an enclosing or protective casing or sheath (as for a rifle or over an electrical or mechanical connection)
4 : a navy or marine corps recruit undergoing basic training
5 British : an automobile trunk
6 a : a kick with the foot
b : summary dismissal used with the
  • gave him the boot
c : momentary pleasure or enjoyment : bang
  • got a big boot out of the joke
7 : a sheath enclosing the inflorescence
9 : the act of booting or rebooting a computer or the process by which a computer is booted — see 4boot 5b
  • A cold boot is starting up a computer whose power has been turned off. A warm boot involves restarting the system while it is running …
  • —J. D. Biersdorfer
often used before another noun
  • a boot disk

Origin and Etymology of boot

Middle English, from Anglo-French bote


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boot

verb

Definition of boot

booted; booting; boots
1 : to put boots on
2 a : kick
b : to eject or discharge summarily often used with out
  • was booted out of office
3 : to make an error on (a grounder in baseball); broadly : botch
4 : to ride (a horse) in a race
  • booted home three winners
a : to load (a program) into a computer from a disk
b : to start or ready for use especially by booting a program
  • boot a computer
often used with up
1 : to become loaded into a computer's memory from a disk
  • the program boots automatically
2 : to become ready for use especially by booting a program
  • the computer boots quickly
often used with up

bootable

play \ˈbü-tə-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of boot

15th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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boot

noun

Definition of boot

archaic

Origin and Etymology of boot



BOOT Defined for Kids

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boot

noun \ ˈbüt \

Definition of boot for Students

: a covering usually of leather or rubber for the foot and part of the leg

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boot

verb

Definition of boot for Students

booted; booting
: 1kick 1

Law Dictionary

boot

noun

legal Definition of boot

: additional money or property received to make up the difference in an exchange of business or investment property that is of like kind but unequal in value
Note: Under Internal Revenue Code section 1031, no tax liability results from an exchange solely of like-kind property used in a business or trade or held for investment. If the exchange includes boot, however, under section 1245 the boot will be treated as ordinary income.

Origin and Etymology of boot

obsolete or dialect boot compensation, from Old English bōt advantage, compensation



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