• He wuz rooted to the spot
    He wuz rooted to the spot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rooting the process of putting forth roots and beginning to grow
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Arrow-root Arrow-root
Root and section of hair Root and section of hair


  • Novalis
    “Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.”
  • George Herbert
    “Storms make the oak grow deeper roots.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “The love of evil is the root of all money.”
  • Alex Haley
    Alex Haley
    “Roots is not just a saga of my family. It is the symbolic saga of a people.”
  • Theodore Roethke
    Theodore Roethke
    “Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.”
  • Mira Bai
    Mira Bai
    “I went to the root of things, and found nothing but Him alone.”


Grass roots - This idioms is often used in politics, where it refers to the ordinary people or voters. It can be used to mean people at the bottom of a hierarchy.
Root hog or die poor - (USA) It's a expression used in the Southern USA that means that you must look out for yourself as no one's going to do it for you. (It can be shortened to 'root hog'. A hog is a pig.)
Rooted to the spot - If someone is rooted to the spot, they canot move, either physically or they cannot think their way out of a problem.


In literature:

I dashed on, and mounting the rock still unobserved, reached the root of the tree.
"In the Rocky Mountains" by W. H. G. Kingston
In this way, the superphosphate is deposited where the roots of the young plants can immediately find it.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
Harry is Honest Root-gatherer, and he is Francis le Vean.
"Mary's Meadow" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
From the tap roots branch off lateral roots in an outward and downward direction.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
I used this on some dahlia roots quite successfully.
"Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Many women drag their hair out by the roots by tying back too firmly.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
CAUSE: Too rapid eating, by which pieces of carrots or other roots, or a quantity of dry food become lodged in the gullet.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
From this tap-root other small ones branch off, and these divide repeatedly, forming a complex root system.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
Thus it has its first delicate root in the cardiac plexus, the root of its intake.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
You can see how the root-hairs extend from the root in every direction.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
The love of danger and the love of gambling with life that it contains have roots that are also roots of various forms of art.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
In the wild state he will eat only buds and grasses, and perhaps a very few roots.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
The last is also known as turnip-rooted or large-rooted.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
Most tender plants will root in a month or six weeks.
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
These men knew the bison and his deep-rooted habits.
"Hoof and Claw" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Root thick, black, very pungent to the taste, used in popular medicine under the name of Black Sampson.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
He took a little of the flour in his hand, tasted it, and examined it very carefully, asking if it was made of roots.
"Oregon and Eldorado" by Thomas Bulfinch
In June, 1833, Ferris saw "several squaws scattered over the prairie engaged in digging roots" (Ferris, 1940, p. 205).
"Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society" by Robert F. Murphy
From this root, it has received two of its common names, "big-root" and "man-in-the-ground.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
It becomes rooted, and you may hang your legends or traditions on its branches.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake

In poetry:

A little flower of Love
Is ours, without a root,
Without the end of fruit,
Yet—take the scent thereof.
"A Song" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
`Till I turn from Female love
And root up the Infernal Grove,
I shall never worthy be
To step into Eternity.
"My Spectre Around Me Night and Day" by William Blake
'Go, show the king this broken lute!
Even as it is, so am I!
The tree is perished to its root,
The fountain dry.
"The Poet's Song" by Archibald Lampman
Better to have a loving friend
Than ten admiring foes;
Better a daisy's earthy root
Than a gorgeous, dying rose.
"Better Things" by George MacDonald
He sits down with holy fears,
And waters the grounds with tears;
Then Humility takes its root
Underneath his foot.
"The Human Abstract" by William Blake
Leaving their sons' sons
All things save song-craft,
Plant long in growing,
Thrusting its tap-root
Deep in the Gone.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

The Sydney Theatre Company, Cate Blanchett's artistic baby, returns to Washington this week with a play that stays true to its Russian roots.
Finely chopped ginger root 1 tsp.
Both our people trace their roots back to Spain.
I am not sure who started it or how it ever took root and I am absolutely baffled as to why it is still prevalent.
Indy Car team looks to root in Brownsburg.
Jimmy Smith for everyone under the sun root down.
Finding the roots of bluegrass and jazz.
Roots in the Garden of California's Bohemia PDF Print E-mail.
Sam Spade never rooted for his daughter to get a good role in her school play.
Speaking as one gladiator about another, CHARLTON HESTON said yesterday that he is rooting for RUSSELL CROWE to win the Academy Award for best actor.
New Orleans' Deep Roots Bolstered Katrina Recovery.
ROOTS RESTAURANT & BAR 19215 S E 34th St, Suite 110, Camas 360-260-3001 About $21-$30 per entree.
The root of Willie Coetzee's amazing stick-handling abilities can be traced back to his roots growing up in South Africa, where his parents were both pro athletes.
Astros' new slogan: ' ROOT ROOT .
That version relies on Virginia's honey-based Dominion Root Beer (, but any artisanal root beer will do.

In science:

Conversely given a rooted well labeled tree ~t = (t, ~e′ ) with root vertex v , taking as root edge of ψ(~t) the edge ~e of t′ with origin v0 which follows ~e′ in counterclockwise direction around v immediately yields the unique possible preimage of ~t.
A bijection for rooted maps on orientable surfaces
Planar maps and embedded trees Let T ≡ T (z ) = T0 (z ) be the generating series of rooted embedded trees with respect to the number of edges. A rooted embedded tree ~t which has at least 1 edge can be decomposed into two rooted trees ~t1 and ~t2 by deleting its root edge e.
A bijection for rooted maps on orientable surfaces
The subtree ~t1 rooted at the origin of e has root label 1, so that it is again a rooted embedded tree.
A bijection for rooted maps on orientable surfaces
The subtree ~t2 rooted at the endpoint of e has root label δ ∈ {+1, 0, −1} but, up to a translation of labels by 1 − δ , it is also a rooted embedded tree.
A bijection for rooted maps on orientable surfaces
The root ~e of ~t, then provides a root for ~r: if ~e was not deleted it becomes the root of ~r, otherwise ~e belongs to one of the deleted trees ~t1 and the root of ~r is taken to be the arc of r on the right hand side of which ~t1 is attached.
A bijection for rooted maps on orientable surfaces
There is a bijection between embedded rooted reduced g -trees with n edges such that the root vertex has degree at least 3, and pairs formed of a rooted standard scheme of genus g with k edges, and a compatible k-uple of non empty walks with a total of n steps.
A bijection for rooted maps on orientable surfaces
There exist (in addition to the given Ei and Fi ) root vectors corresponding to each non simple root in the root system and these additional root vectors can easily be shown to satisfy (in eS) a commutation relation analogous to 2.2(c), (d).
On the defining relations for generalized q-Schur algebras
One can divide the vector space V in an upper half space and a lower half space in such a way that there is no root on the boundary. A root in the upper half space is then called a positive root.
Random Lie group actions on compact manifolds: A perturbative analysis
Now choose a primitive e-th root of unity ζ , enlarge µ and ρ such that corresponding garlands are fine enough for e-th roots, and choose an e-th root on each of them.
Trees of definable sets over the p-adics
Denote by Φ its root system with a simple roots basis Π and positive roots Φ+ .
Abelian ideals with given dimension in Borel subalgebras
Hence, we fix a set of simple roots and assume that either S contains a short simple root or the highest short root.
Ideals in Parabolic Subalgebras of Simple Lie Algebras
Since {uj } are simple roots, the function must cross the real line, so by Rolle’s theorem, pn+1 (u) has n − 1 distinct roots interlaced between the roots of pn (u).
Large deviations for the leaves in some random trees
Let Nk , 3 ≤ k ≤ n, be the number of rooted k-cycles in G(n, X , m, f), where a (not necessarily induced) rooted cycle is a cycle with a designated start vertex (the root) and a start direction.
On vertex, edge, and vertex-edge random graphs
We will encounter exactly two cases: (1) the roots D\αi generate the root system of G; (2) the affine root α0 is orthogonal to the root system ¯D\αi .
Fusion Rings of Loop Group Representations
Let v be the vertex of the alcove corresponding to the simple root α1 ; this root is a terminal root in the nonaffine Dynkin diagram.
Fusion Rings of Loop Group Representations