- The definition of a boot is a type of shoe or foot covering that covers part of the leg as well.
An example of a boot is what cowboys wear on their feet.
- To boot is to kick out, or to start up a computer.
- An example of to boot is to fire someone from a job.
- An example of to boot is to start up a computer and get it ready to check email and access your files.
A pair of womens boots.
boot definition by Webster's New World
- a protective covering of leather, rubber, cloth, etc., for the foot and part or all of the leg: riding boot
- an overshoe
- a man's shoe reaching at least to the ankle
- a boot-shaped instrument of torture for crushing the foot and leg
- Brit. the trunk of an automobile
- a patch for the inner surface of an automobile tire to protect a break or weak spot in the casing
- ☆ Denver boot
- a kick
- Informal pleasurable excitement; thrill
- Comput. the starting or restarting of a computer
- ☆ Slang a Navy or Marine recruit, esp. one in a training camp
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French bote
- to put boots on
- to kick
- Informal to put (a person) out of a place or job; dismiss
- ☆ Baseball to make an error in fielding (a grounder)
- Horse Racing, Slang to ride (a horse) in a race
- Comput. to start (a computer) and prepare for use by loading automatically (the operating system) into memory, as from a disk: often with up
boot definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Protective footgear, as of leather or rubber, covering the foot and part or all of the leg.
- A protective covering, especially a sheath to enclose the base of a floor-mounted gear shift lever in a car or truck.
- Chiefly British An automobile trunk.
- a. A kick.b. Slang An unceremonious dismissal, as from a job. Used with the.c. Slang A swift, pleasurable feeling; a thrill.
- A Denver boot.
- A marine or navy recruit in basic training.
- Computer Science The process of starting or restarting a computer.
- boots An instrument of torture, used to crush the foot and leg.
- To put boots on.
- To kick.
- Slang To discharge unceremoniously. See Synonyms at dismiss.
- Computer Science To start (a computer) by loading an operating system from a disk.
- To disable (a vehicle) by attaching a Denver boot.
- Baseball To misplay (a ground ball).
Origin: Middle English bote, from Old French.
intransitive verb boot·ed, boot·ing, boots boots
- Chiefly Southern & Midland U.S. See lagniappe.
- Archaic Advantage; avail.
Origin: Middle English boten, to be of help, from Old English bōtian, from bōt, help; see bhad- in Indo-European roots.
boot - Business Definition
boot - Computer Definition
Causing the computer to start executing instructions. PCs and Macs contain built-in instructions in a ROM or flash memory chip that are automatically executed on startup. These instructions search for the operating system, load it and pass control to it. Starting up a large computer may require more button pushing and keyboard input. Put Your Boots On! The term comes from "bootstrap." Since bootstraps help you get your boots on, booting the computer helps it get its first instructions. The term is often used erroneously for application software. For example, you might hear someone say "let's boot Excel," whereas the correct usage is "launch Excel" or "load Excel." See cold boot, warm boot, clean boot, boot loader and first boot sequence.
boot - Legal Definition
- In tax law, the extra money, unrelated or non-like-kind property, or assumption of liabilities included in an otherwise like-kind nontaxable exchange of property. The boot is subject to income tax.
- In commercial law, money or property given or received to balance or equalize an exchange property.
boot - Phrases/Idioms
bet your bootsâ
die with one's boots on
lick the boots ofâ