boot
Pronunciation Noun

boot (plural boots)

  1. A heavy shoe that covers part of the leg.
    1. (sports) A kind of sports shoe worn by players of certain games such as cricket and football.
  2. A blow with the foot; a kick.
  3. (construction) A flexible cover of rubber or plastic, which may be preformed to a particular shape and used to protect a shaft, lever, switch, or opening from dust, dirt, moisture, etc.
  4. A torture device used on the feet or legs, such as a Spanish boot.
  5. (US) A parking enforcement device used to immobilize a car until it can be towed or a fine is paid; a wheel clamp.
  6. A rubber bladder on the leading edge of an aircraft’s wing, which is inflated periodically to remove ice buildup. A deicing boot.
  7. (obsolete) A place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode; also, a low outside place before and behind the body of the coach.
  8. (archaic) A place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned stagecoach.
  9. (US, military, police, slang) A recently arrived recruit; a rookie.
  10. (Australia, British, NZ, automotive) The luggage storage compartment of a sedan or saloon car.
    • 1998, Ruth Rendell, A Sight For Sore Eyes, 2010, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=RKj404_tJnoC&pg=PA260&dq=%22boot%22|%22boots%22+car+-intitle:%22boot|boots%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MYUBT93bJYnwmAWVzsToBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boot%22|%22boots%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22boot|boots%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 260],
      He heaved the bag and its contents over the lip of the boot and on to the flagstones. When it was out, no longer in that boot but on the ground, and the bag was still intact, he knew the worst was over.
    • 2003, Keith Bluemel, Original Ferrari V-12 1965-1973: The Restorer's Guide, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=e-Q2HLk3yZgC&pg=PT11&dq=%22boot%22|%22boots%22+car+-intitle:%22boot|boots%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=v5IBT86KCeXWmAWyrbi0Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boot%22|%22boots%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22boot|boots%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page],
      The body is constructed of welded steel panels, with the bonnet, doors and boot lid in aluminium on steel frames.
    • 2008, MB Chattelle, Richmond, London: The Peter Hacket Chronicles, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=Nibb3U0cuzkC&pg=PA104&dq=%22boot%22|%22boots%22+car+-intitle:%22boot|boots%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=v5IBT86KCeXWmAWyrbi0Ag&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22boot%22|%22boots%22%20car%20-intitle%3A%22boot|boots%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 104],
      Peers leant against the outside of the car a lit up her filter tip and watched as Bauer and Putin placed their compact suitcases in the boot of the BMW and slammed the boot lid down.
  11. (informal) The act or process of removing or firing someone (give someone the boot).
  12. (British, slang) unattractive person, ugly woman (usually as "old boot")
  13. (firearms) A hard plastic case for a long firearm, typically moulded to the shape of the gun and intended for use in a vehicle.
  14. (baseball) A bobbled ball.
  15. (botany) The inflated flag leaf sheath of a wheat plant.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Verb

boot (boots, present participle booting; past and past participle booted)

  1. To kick.
    I booted the ball toward my teammate.
  2. To put boots on, especially for riding.
    • 1641, Ben Jonson, Discoveries Made upon Men and Matter
      Coated and booted for it.
  3. To apply corporal punishment (compare slippering).
  4. (informal) To forcibly eject.
    We need to boot those troublemakers as soon as possible
  5. (computing, informal) To disconnect forcibly; to eject from an online service, conversation, etc.
    • 2002, Dan Verton, The Hacker Diaries - Page 67 ↗
      As an IRC member with operator status, Swallow was able to manage who was allowed to remain in chat sessions and who got booted off the channel.
    • 2003, John C. Dvorak, Chris Pirillo, Online! - Page 173 ↗
      Even flagrant violators of the TOS are not booted.
    • 2002, Jobe Makar, Macromedia Flash Mx Game Design Demystified - Page 544 ↗
      In Electroserver, the kick command disconnects a user totally from the server and gives him a message about why he was booted.
  6. (slang) To vomit.
    Sorry, I didn’t mean to boot all over your couch.
  7. c en(MLE, criminal slang) To shoot, to kill by gunfire.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: botter
  • Russian: пина́ть
Translations
  • French: expulser
  • Russian: вы́пнуть
Translations Translations Noun

boot

  1. (archaic, dialectal) Remedy, amends.
    • 1814 July 6, [Walter Scott], Waverley; or, ’Tis Sixty Years Since. In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 270129598 ↗:
    • next her Son, our soul's best boot
  2. (uncountable) Profit, plunder.
  3. (obsolete) That which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make up for the deficiency of value in one of the things exchanged; compensation; recompense.
    • c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene v]:
      I'll give you boot, I'll give you three for one.
  4. (obsolete) Profit; gain; advantage; use.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iv]:
      Then talk no more of flight, it is no boot.
  5. (obsolete) Repair work; the act of fixing structures or buildings. [to mid-17th c.]
  6. (obsolete) A medicinal cure or remedy. [to mid-16th c.]
Verb

boot (boots, present participle booting; past and past participle booted)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To avail, benefit#Verb|benefit, profit#Verb|profit.
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II (play), London: William Jones,
      It bootes me not to threat, I must speake faire,
    • 1678 Richard Hooker, “A Sermon found in the study of Bishop Andrews” in Izaak Walton, The Life of Dr. Sanderson, late Bishop of Lincoln, London: Richard Marriot, p. 262,
      What booteth it to others that we wish them well, and do nothing for them?
    • 1816, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Canto the Third, London: Printed for John Murray, […], OCLC 1015450009 ↗, canto III, stanza LIV, page 30 ↗:
      [W]hat subdued / To change like this, a mind so far imbued / With scorn of man, it little boots to know; [...]
    • 1794, Robert Southey, Wat Tyler. A Dramatic Poem. In Three Acts, London: Printed [by J. M‘Creery] for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, […], published 1817, OCLC 362102 ↗, Act II, page 44 ↗:
      Think you that we should quarrel with the French? / What boots to us your victories, your glory? / We pay, we fight, you profit at your ease.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To benefit#Verb|benefit, to enrich; to give#Verb|give in addition.
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene v], page 348 ↗, column 2:
      And I will boot thee with what gift#English|guift beſide / Thy modeſtie can begge.
Noun

boot (plural boots)

  1. (computing) The act or process of bootstrapping; the starting or re-starting of a computing device.
    It took three boots, but I finally got the application installed.
Translations Verb

boot (boots, present participle booting; past and past participle booted)

  1. (computing) To bootstrap; to start a system, e.g. a computer, by invoking its boot process or bootstrap.
    Synonyms: bootstrap, boot up, start
    Antonyms: shut down, stop, turn off
    When arriving at the office, first thing I do is booting my machine.
Translations Noun

boot (plural boots)

  1. A bootleg recording.
    • 1999, "Tom Fletcher", Looking for Iron Maiden boot traders (on newsgroup alt.music.bootlegs)
      I am looking to trade Iron Maiden boots. I have many Iron Maiden bootlegs. I have lots of Metallica. I trade CDR's, tapes and videos.
Translations
  • French: copie pirate

Boot
Proper noun
  1. Surname

BOOT
Noun
  1. Initialism of Build–operate–transfer



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