boot

Definitions

  • Puss-in-Boots
    Puss-in-Boots
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v boot cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes "boot your computer"
    • v boot kick; give a boot to
    • n boot the act of delivering a blow with the foot "he gave the ball a powerful kick","the team's kicking was excellent"
    • n boot a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed
    • n boot footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
    • n boot British term for the luggage compartment in a car
    • n boot an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg
    • n boot protective casing for something that resembles a leg
    • n boot 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

QUEEN ELIZABETH'S BOOTS QUEEN ELIZABETH'S BOOTS
A man walks in seven-league boots A man walks in seven-league boots

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Unfortunately Gaius grew up and became emperor, incongruously retaining his boyhood diminutive. "Little boots" in Latin is "Caligula." As you may know, he was a bloodthirsty, sadistic fiend.
    • Boot A covering for the foot and lower part of the leg, ordinarily made of leather.
    • Boot A place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode; also, a low outside place before and behind the body of the coach.
    • Boot A place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned stagecoach.
    • Boot An apron or cover (of leather or rubber cloth) for the driving seat of a vehicle, to protect from rain and mud.
    • Boot 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."
    • n Boot Booty; spoil.
    • Boot Profit; gain; advantage; use. "Then talk no more of flight, it is no boot .""Helen, to change, would give an eye to boot .""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 ."
    • Boot Remedy; relief; amends; reparation; hence, one who brings relief. "He gaf the sike man his boote .""Thou art boot for many a bruise
      And healest many a wound."
      "Next her Son, our soul's best boot ."
    • Boot That which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make up for the deficiency of value in one of the things exchanged. "I'll give you boot , I'll give you three for one."
    • Boot (Plumbing) The metal casing and flange fitted about a pipe where it passes through a roof.
    • v. i Boot To boot one's self; to put on one's boots.
    • Boot To enrich; to benefit; to give in addition. "And I will boot thee with what gift beside
      Thy modesty can beg."
    • Boot 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?""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?"
    • Boot To punish by kicking with a booted foot.
    • Boot To put boots on, esp. for riding. "Coated and booted for it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When Gaius Caesar was a boy, Roman soldiers affectionately nicknamed him "little boots" for the boy-sized military footwear he sported.
    • n boot Profit; gain; advantage.
    • n boot Something which is thrown in by one of the parties to a bargain as an additional consideration, or to make the exchange equal.
    • n boot Help or deliverance; assistance; relief; remedy: as, boot for every bale.
    • n boot Resource; alternative.
    • boot To profit; advantage; avail: now only used impersonally: as, it boots us little.
    • boot To present into the bargain; enrich; benefit.
    • n boot A covering (usually of leather) for the foot and lower part of the leg, reaching as far up as the middle of the calf, and sometimes to the knee. In most styles the leg part keeps its place by its stiffness alone, although in certain fashions it has been laced around the calf. Boots seem to have appeared in Europe about the middle of the fifteenth century. They were not much worn at first, because persons of the wealthier classes, when abroad, were generally clad in armor. At the time of the gradual disappearance of armor very high boots of thick leather came into favor as covering for the legs, and by the sixteenth century they were already in common use. (See jack-boot.) Late in the eighteenth century boots became a usual part of elegant costume, and were made lighter and more close-fitting. In England boots ceased to be common in elegant costume as early as 1855, and about fifteen years later they began to disappear in the United States; but they are still worn for special purposes and occupations, as by horsemen, seamen, etc.
    • n boot Hence In modern usage, also, any shoe or outer foot-covering which reaches above the ankle, whether for men or women: more properly called half-boot or ankle-boot.
    • n boot An instrument of torture made of iron, or a combination of iron and wood, fastened on the leg, between which and the boot wedges were introduced and driven in by repeated blows of a mallet, with such violence as to crush both muscles and bones. The boots and thumb-screw were the special Scotch instruments for “putting to the question.” A much milder variety consisted of a boot or buskin, made wet and drawn upon the legs and then dried by heat, so as to contract and squeeze the legs.
    • n boot A protective covering for a horse's foot.
    • n boot In the seventeenth century, a drinking-vessel: from the use of leathern jacks to drink from.
    • n boot In ornithology, a continuous or entire tarsal envelop, formed by fusion of the tarsal scutella. It occurs chiefly in birds of the thrush and warbler groups. See cut under booted.
    • n boot The fixed step on each side of a coach.
    • n boot An uncovered space on or by the steps on each side of a coach, allotted to the servants and attendants; later, a low outside compartment, either between the coachman's box and the body of the coach or at the rear.
    • n boot A receptacle for baggage in a coach, either under the seat of the coachman or under that of the guard, or, as in American stage-coaches, behind the body of the coach, covered by a flap of leather.
    • n boot A leather apron attached to the dashboard of an open carriage and designed to be used as a protection from rain or mud.
    • boot To put boots on.
    • boot To torture with the boot.
    • boot To kick; drive by kicking: as, boot him out of the room.
    • boot To beat, formerly with a long jack-boot, now with a leather surcingle or waist-belt: an irregular conventional punishment inflicted by soldiers on a comrade guilty of dishonesty or shirking duty.
    • n boot Booty; spoil; plunder.
    • n boot Obsolete preterit of bite.
    • n boot In agriculture, the uppermost leaf-sheath, just below the brush or head, of a broom-corn plant; also the lowest leaf-bearing internode on a stalk of wheat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Boot bōōt a covering for the foot and lower part of the leg generally made of leather: an infamous instrument of judicial torture, in which the legs were forced into a strong case and wedges driven in until bone, muscle, and marrow were crushed together—also Boot′ikin: a box or receptacle in a coach
    • v.t Boot to put on boots
    • v.t Boot bōōt to profit or advantage
    • n Boot advantage: profit: any reparation or compensation paid, like the man-bote of old English law:
    • n Boot (Shak.) booty
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Quotations

  • Gerald Kersh
    Gerald Kersh
    “Now, you mummy's darlings, get a rift on them boots. Definitely shine em, my little curly-headed lambs, for in our mob, war or no war, you die with clean boots on.”
  • Mikhail Bakunin
    Mikhail Bakunin
    “Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.”
  • Samuel Beckett
    Samuel%20Beckett
    “There's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet.”
  • Richard Rumbold
    Richard Rumbold
    “I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.”
  • James Watt
    James Watt
    “A lie can run around the world before the truth can get its boots on.”
  • George Orwell
    George%20Orwell
    “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever.”

Idioms

Boot is on the other foot - When the boot's on the other foot, a person who was in a position of weakness is now in a position of strength.
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Heart in your boots - If you're heart is in your boots, you are very unhappy.
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Too big for your boots - If someone is too big for their boots, they are conceited and have an exaggerated sense of their own importance.
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Tough as old boots - Something or someone that is as tough as old boots is strong and resilient.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bot, bote, advantage, amends, cure, AS. bōt,; akin to Icel. bōt, Sw. bot, Dan. bod, Goth. bōta, D. boete, G. busse,; prop., a making good or better, from the root of E. better, adj. √255

Usage

In literature:

My father's name is Turner, and my boots are green.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
For "Mrs. Gamp and the Boots," to-night, we have also a very promising let.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
But the youngest, whose name was Boots, was not thrifty at all.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
A man must have, besides his dancing pumps, a pair of patent-leather walking boots and a pair of stout common boots for everyday wear.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Tony took off his boots and stockings, and wrung out the ends of his trousers upon the hearth-rug.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Boots will make a team out of them.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
His boots were decidedly dirty, and he was hailed as a prize by the bootblacks.
"Tom, The Bootblack" by Horatio Alger
The tramp pointed to his feet, the ragged boots grey with dust of weary miles, the naked toe peeping through.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
Now, while the butler is gathering old boots, let us spend a few profitable minutes in this locality.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
He unstrapped his spurs, hooked one foot behind the knee of the other leg, and tried to work the wet boot off.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Finally came a slight series of splashes; the crunch of heavy boots on rock.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
He and three or four others began diving for his boots, but failed to bring them up.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
He wore a smock and high boots, and a silver chain and a watch like a gentleman.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
The snow creaked under one's feet, as if one had new boots on.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He wore stout, ill-cleaned, hobnailed boots.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Here he was accosted by a boot-black, who proposed to shine his boots.
"Ben, the Luggage Boy;" by Horatio Alger
Shortening of the limb may be compensated by raising the sole of the boot.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
They even made him take off his boots.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
This time his boots hit a coating of soft stuff on the rock, and the smell was unbearable.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
But it was Carrots as put 'em up to that mud game, an' I've booted 'im out o' the crowd.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
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In poetry:

There's German flutes,
Marocky boots,
And Naples Macaronies;
Bohaymia
Has sent Bohay;
Polonia her polonies.
"The Crystal Palace" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Self defence nothing boots thee,
Thy flight he will worst--
To earth he will tread thee,
O Gossip be cursed!
"Gossip" by Ivan Nikitin
What boots it that we open wide
Another door to woe,
Through which a still increasing tide
Of human souls shall flow?
"Invitation To The Clergy" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
When I'm dressed warm as warm can be,
And with boots, to go
Through the deepest snow,
Winter-time is the time for me!
"A Masque Of The Seasons" by James Whitcomb Riley
What boots it on the Gods to call?
Since, answered or unheard,
We perish with the Gods and all
Things made—except the Word.
"A Recantation" by Rudyard Kipling
The herder said, "That's pretty bad,
Looks like your judgment day.
If I was in your boots, cowboy
I'd start right in to pray."
"The Cowboy's Prayer" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

Timberland Men Boots,Timberland Men Boots,Timberland Boots S. 3441 Joined: July 12th, 2012, 4:10 pm.
Lower Dauphin boots Abington Heights in girls Class AAA.
Jeremy Denk has his own personal "piano boot camp".
Harry and Kate wore matching Wellington boots to watch Prince William play in a football match organised by Lord Howard.
Hindu temple's desecration evidence of intolerant America *Voters should boot out disrespectful pols *Don't have money to give.
Nikki Reed looked totally chic, until it came down to the boots.
Love her nude mini, black blazer, and embellished purse, but the boots were too rough.
The YouTube sensation doesn't just do a good Rihanna — she looks great in stockings, with a great sense of humor (and a new album) to boot.
THE TCX X-STREET line looks like a standard pair of high-top sneakers, but offers a measure of protection on par with a roadracing boot.
After a judge cited Covington & Burling's "conscious disregard" for a former client and booted the firm from representing the state of Minnesota in litigation against 3M Corporation, Covington is fighting to salvage its role in the case.
The new Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City , Kan.
Domain name service boots WikiLeaks after series of attacks on site.
Her cherished little Border Collie, Patsy, perched precariously on the "boot," leaning into turns and nipping at passing cars.
A month later, we're still trying to recover from the tragic fact our feet are too wide for the handmade lace-up cap-toe cordovan boots at Billy Reid's.
Penguins win drill instructor 's praise at West Point boot camp.
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In science:

Okabe, Boots and Sugihara wrote a monograph on Voronoi diagrams for a broad audience, see [OBS].
Limits of Voronoi Diagrams
Zarka, 2003, Limits on the magnetosphere/stellar wind interactions for the extrasolar planet about Tau Bootes, in Scientific Frontiers in Research on Extrasolar Planets, ASP Conference Series, vol. 294 Franck, S., K.
Motivation and possibilities of affordable low-frequency radio interferometry in space
LiveCD is a media unit CD, whose characteristic is to allow the initialization (boot) of the equipment without the need of installation of the Operating system in the hard disk.
Use MPLS in Lan's
And pity the poor Quadrantids of January (Koten et al. 2005), who have lost even their parent constellation (Quadrans Murales, now part of Bootes).
Astrophysics in 2006
To boot, pions can not be polarized!! The only hope is to search for the resonances in photo– and electro– production, and decays into final states with η , η ′ , ω .
Challenges in Hadron Physics
Okabe, A., Boots, B., and Sugihara, K. (2000).
A New Family of Random Graphs for Testing Spatial Segregation
Bootes with the strongest PAH features measured using our own new spectral extractions of S pitzer archival spectra for sources from programs 20128 (G.
The Most Luminous Starbursts in the Universe
PAH features from the 70 µm Bootes sample with IRS observations in Brand et al. (2008).
The Most Luminous Starbursts in the Universe
To summarize, now the ‘boot is on the other leg’; with the results from the fuzzball program we do not have an information ‘paradox’ unless we can show that the behavior of microstates found so far does not continue in natural way to the class of all microstates.
Fuzzballs and the information paradox: a summary and conjectures
The same Flash memory also contain the boot code for the C64xx DSP and some free space available to the user: in our case most of this space will be used to store the configuration bitstream for the ADC modules and for the JAMEX ASIC standard con figuration.
Progetto di un detector a camera di ionizzazione per esperimenti SAXS
We propose that Windows’ Portable Executable loader be responsible for synchronizing every MAGIC value after each system boot (and after specified module is loaded).
Security Mitigations for Return-Oriented Programming Attacks
Boots trap-based improved estimators for the twoparameter Birnbaum –Saunders distribution.
Testing hypotheses in the Birnbaum-Saunders distribution under type-II censored samples
This makes no sense for an objective reality, but every vir tual reality boots up from nothing (in itself). 2. It has a maximum speed. In our world nothing can exceed the speed of light.
The emergence of the physical world from information processing
However, perhaps in anticipation of the UVFP that might develop at high energy , they put in by hand a massless Higgs doublet, hence a scale invariant theory to boot.
Some Unfinished Thoughts on Strong Yukawa Couplings
Towards a ‘boot-strapping’ scenario, we briefly look at field-induced dynamical structures in Sect.4 to see how field-control can cause confinement of particles, influence their global configuration, and render them as carriers for transferring heat and electrons.
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
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