Bootstrap definition

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Bootstrap means to do something without the help of others or to start up a computer.

An example of to bootstrap is to complete a project by one's self.

An example of to bootstrap is to turn a computer on.

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The definition of bootstrap is done with little or no help.

An example of bootstrap used as an adjective is in the phrase "bootstrap project" which means a project done with little aid from others.

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Bootstrap is defined as a piece of fabric that helps to pull on a boot, and the starting up of a computer.

An example of a bootstrap is a loop of leather on the top of a boot that helps a person pull it on.

An example of a bootstrap is the turning on of a computer.

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A loop of leather, cloth, or synthetic material that is sewn at the side or the top rear of a boot to help in pulling the boot on.
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An instance of starting of a computer; a boot.
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(statistics) A method of estimating a population's characteristics (such as its mean) by repeatedly subsampling from a given initial sample, thereby avoiding the use of theoretical probability distributions.
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To promote and develop by use of one's own initiative and work without reliance on outside help.
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(statistics) To gather information about a population from a single sample, using repeated samples drawn with replacement.
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(computers) To boot (a computer).
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Undertaken or accomplished with minimal outside help.
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Being or relating to a process that is self-initiating or self-sustaining.
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A strap on a boot for pulling it on.
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Undertaken or effected without others' help.

A bootstrap operation.

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(informal) To cause (esp. oneself) to succeed without the help of others.
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A leather strap looped and sewn on the side or back of a boot to assist the wearer in pulling it on.
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Self-reliant and self-sustaining, i.e., not needing anyone else's help. Such a person is capable of "pulling himself up by his own bootstraps," as the saying goes. I've been a bootstrapper all my life, but I have had a helping hand now and then, and always appreciated it. I occasionally need help getting my boots off. I use a bootjack for that.
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A loop (leather or other material) sewn at the side or top rear of a boot to help in pulling the boot on.
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A means of advancing oneself or accomplishing something without aid.

He used his business experience as a bootstrap to win voters.

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(computing) The process by which the operating system of a computer is loaded into its memory.
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(computing) The process necessary to compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.
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(statistics) Any method or instance of estimating properties of an estimator (such as its variance) by measuring those properties when sampling from an approximating distribution.
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To help (oneself) without the aid of others.

Sam spent years bootstrapping himself through college.

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(computing) To load the operating system into the memory of a computer. Usually shortened to boot.
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(computing) To compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.

Bootstrapping means building the GNU C Library, GNU Compiler Collection and several other key system programs.

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by (one's) (own) bootstraps
  • By one's own efforts.
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lift oneself by the bootstraps
  • to achieve success by one's own unaided efforts
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bootstrap
Plural:
bootstraps

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

by (one's) (own) bootstraps
lift oneself by the bootstraps

Origin of bootstrap