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English Dictionary: boot by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
  2. British term for the luggage compartment in a car
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): bang, boot, charge, rush, flush, thrill, kick
  4. protective casing for something that resembles a leg
  5. an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg
    Synonym(s): boot, the boot, iron boot, iron heel
  6. a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed
  7. the act of delivering a blow with the foot; "he gave the ball a powerful kick"; "the team's kicking was excellent"
    Synonym(s): kick, boot, kicking
  1. kick; give a boot to
  2. cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes; "boot your computer"
    Synonym(s): boot, reboot, bring up
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Elevator \El"e*va`tor\, n. [L., one who raises up, a deliverer:
      cf. F. [82]l[82]vateur.]
      One who, or that which, raises or lifts up anything; as:
      (a) A mechanical contrivance, usually an endless belt or
            chain with a series of scoops or buckets, for
            transferring grain to an upper loft for storage.
      (b) A cage or platform and the hoisting machinery in a hotel,
            warehouse, mine, etc., for conveying persons, goods,
            etc., to or from different floors or levels; -- called in
            England a lift; the cage or platform itself.
      (c) A building for elevating, storing, and discharging,
      (d) (Anat.) A muscle which serves to raise a part of the
            body, as the leg or the eye.
      (e) (Surg.) An instrument for raising a depressed portion of
            a bone.
      {Elevator head}, {leg}, [and] {boot}, the boxes in which the
            upper pulley, belt, and lower pulley, respectively, run in
            a grain elevator.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Boot \Boot\ (b[oomac]t), n. [OE. bot, bote, advantage, amends,
      cure, AS. b[omac]t; akin to Icel. b[omac]t, Sw. bot, Dan.
      bod, Goth. b[omac]ta, D. boete, G. busse; prop., a making
      good or better, from the root of E. better, adj. [root]255.]
      1. Remedy; relief; amends; reparation; hence, one who brings
                     He gaf the sike man his boote.            --Chaucer.
                     Thou art boot for many a bruise And healest many a
                     wound.                                                --Sir W.
                     Next her Son, our soul's best boot.   --Wordsworth.
      2. That which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make
            up for the deficiency of value in one of the things
                     I'll give you boot, I'll give you three for one.
      3. Profit; gain; advantage; use. [Obs.]
                     Then talk no more of flight, it is no boot. --Shak.
      {To boot}, in addition; over and above; besides; as a
            compensation for the difference of value between things
                     Helen, to change, would give an eye to boot. --Shak.
                     A man's heaviness is refreshed long before he comes
                     to drunkenness, for when he arrives thither he hath
                     but changed his heaviness, and taken a crime to
                     boot.                                                --Jer. Taylor.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Boot \Boot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Booted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      1. To put boots on, esp. for riding.
                     Coated and booted for it.                  --B. Jonson.
      2. To punish by kicking with a booted foot. [U. S.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Boot \Boot\, v. i.
      To boot one's self; to put on one's boots.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Boot \Boot\, n.
      Booty; spoil. [Obs. or R.] --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Boot \Boot\, n. [OE. bote, OF. bote, F. botte, LL. botta; of
      uncertain origin.]
      1. A covering for the foot and lower part of the leg,
            ordinarily made of leather.
      2. An instrument of torture for the leg, formerly used to
            extort confessions, particularly in Scotland.
                     So he was put to the torture, which in Scotland they
                     call the boots; for they put a pair of iron boots
                     close on the leg, and drive wedges between them and
                     the leg.                                             --Bp. Burnet.
      3. A place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode;
            also, a low outside place before and behind the body of
            the coach. [Obs.]
      4. A place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned
      5. An apron or cover (of leather or rubber cloth) for the
            driving seat of a vehicle, to protect from rain and mud.
      6. (Plumbing) The metal casing and flange fitted about a pipe
            where it passes through a roof.
      {Boot catcher}, the person at an inn whose business it was to
            pull off boots and clean them. [Obs.] --Swift.
      {Boot closer}, one who, or that which, sews the uppers of
      {Boot crimp}, a frame or device used by bootmakers for
            drawing and shaping the body of a boot.
      {Boot hook}, a hook with a handle, used for pulling on boots.
      {Boots and saddles} (Cavalry Tactics), the trumpet call which
            is the first signal for mounted drill.
      {Sly boots}. See {Slyboots}, in the Vocabulary.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Boot \Boot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Booted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      1. To profit; to advantage; to avail; -- generally followed
            by it; as, what boots it?
                     What booteth it to others that we wish them well,
                     and do nothing for them?                     --Hooker.
                     What subdued To change like this a mind so far
                     imbued With scorn of man, it little boots to know.
                     What boots to us your victories?         --Southey.
      2. To enrich; to benefit; to give in addition. [Obs.]
                     And I will boot thee with what gift beside Thy
                     modesty can beg.                                 --Shak.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   boot v.,n.   [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
      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.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      (from "{bootstrap}" or "to pull oneself up
      by one's bootstraps") To load and initialise the {operating
      system} on a computer.
      See {reboot}, {cold boot}, {warm boot}, {soft boot}, {hard
      boot}, {bootstrap}, {bootstrap loader}.
      [{Jargon File}]
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