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: something to equalize a trade
: a fitted covering (as of leather or rubber) for the foot that usually reaches above the ankle
: an instrument of torture used to crush the leg and foot
: 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)
: a navy or marine corps recruit undergoing basic training
British : an automobile trunk
: a kick with the foot
: summary dismissal —used with the
gave him the boot
: momentary pleasure or enjoyment : bang
got a big boot out of the joke
: a sheath enclosing the inflorescence
: the act of booting or rebooting a computer or the process by which a computer is booted see boot entry 4 sense 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
booted; booting; boots
: to eject or discharge summarily —often used with out
was booted out of office
: to ride (a horse) in a race
booted home three winners
: to load (a program) into a computer from a disk
: to start or ready for use especially by booting a program
boot a computer—often used with up
: to become loaded into a computer's memory from a disk
the program boots automatically
: to become ready for use especially by booting a program
the computer boots quickly—often used with up
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NounThese routine tasks have been shown in studies to actually reduce stress — and get things done, to boot. 1. —Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2023 But one that really stands out, and has a great plate illustration to boot, is the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health’s Planetary Health Diet. —Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2023 The six-time WNBA All-Star is one of the greatest players in the history of the league, and a two-time Olympian to boot. —USA Today, 19 Mar. 2023 Here's what to know: 75th Lilac Festival A 10-day celebration planned with parades, a 10k run, and walk, daily walking tours, dancing with the West Michigan boot scooters plus more. —Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2023 The Four-Star resort will handle equipment rentals, boot fittings and ski school enrollment. —Spencer Whaley, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 For a lot of outsiders, Washington often conjures images of a drizzly metropolis that runs on lattes, with techies and tree huggers to boot. —Jd Shadel, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Mar. 2023 This type of boot-leather investigative work, former federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents say, is typical of searches for people considered to be fugitives, even if McGrath’s case is anything but typical. —Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 14 Mar. 2023 The officer waited for 90 seconds, then ran up, used his boot to hold her on the ground and pressed his foot into her chest, according to the report. —Mark Berman, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2023
VerbFor now your best bet is to boot up Twitch and try to find a streamer who got in, as there are no restrictions on creating content from Counter-Strike 2. —Mike Stubbs, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 The Patriots took over on downs with 32 seconds left in the half and gained enough yards for Nick Folk to boot a 51-yard field. —Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 12 Dec. 2022 With 26 seconds left on the clock, and the score still tied at 3-3, Jets punter Braden Mann decided to boot the ball inbounds. —Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2022 If Bears kicker Cairo Santos were to boot the ball anywhere other than the stands, Patterson had plans for a big return. —Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 The teams boot about 50 vehicles daily, interim director Michael A. Carter said at an oversight budget hearing of his agency late last month. —Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 Setting up a Raspberry Pi board has always required a second computer, which is used to flash your operating system of choice to an SD card so your Pi can boot. —Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 8 Feb. 2022 The display unit sometimes fails to boot up when the car is ignited because the cranking causes the car’s battery level to drop, according to the report. —Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2023 Electricity was turned off across Pakistan during low-usage hours overnight to conserve fuel across the country, officials said, leaving technicians unable to boot up the system for most of the country after daybreak. —Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2023 See More
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