• WordNet 3.6
    • v boost give a boost to; be beneficial to "The tax cut will boost the economy"
    • v boost increase or raise "boost the voltage in an electrical circuit"
    • v boost push or shove upward, as if from below or behind "The singer had to be boosted onto the stage by a special contraption"
    • v boost increase "The landlord hiked up the rents"
    • v boost contribute to the progress or growth of "I am promoting the use of computers in the classroom"
    • n boost the act of giving hope or support to someone
    • n boost the act of giving a push "he gave her a boost over the fence"
    • n boost an increase in cost "they asked for a 10% rise in rates"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Japanese research has concluded that moderate drinking can boost IQ levels
    • n Boost A push from behind, as to one who is endeavoring to climb; help.
    • v. t Boost To lift or push from behind (one who is endeavoring to climb); to push up; hence, to assist in overcoming obstacles, or in making advancement.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dutch engineers have developed a computerized machine that allows a cow to milk itself. Each cow in the herd has a computer chip in its collar. If the computer senses that the cow has not been milked in a given period of time, the milk-laden animal is allowed to enter the stall. The robot sensors locate the teats, apply the vacuum devices, and the cow is milked. The machine costs a mere $250,000 and is said to boost milk production by 15%.
    • boost To lift or raise by pushing from behind, as a person climbing a tree; push up: often used figuratively: as, to boost a person over a fence, or into power.
    • n boost An upward shove or push; the act of boosting; the result of boosting; a lift, either literally or figuratively: as, to give one a boost.
    • n boost A Middle English form of boast.
    • n boost Same as boist.
    • boost Same as buist.
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  • Sam Walton
    Sam Walton
    “Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Boast (v. i.)


In literature:

Shelby tried to get us to help boost the town, as he calls it.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
It was jest a flesh wound, an' I had him boosted out to his own shack.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Anyhow, I wish you luck, and I'll boost for you because I think you deserve it!
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
He shall have nothing more to fear for his shameless boosting.
"Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)" by Frank Wedekind
There was no more boost and he longed for the dual supercharger.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
Two men holding the torches climbed up on them and they saw two others boosting the doctor upward.
"The Plunderer" by Roy Norton
Somebody, the policeman probably, was boosting her from behind.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
I was boosting through what I thought was a reasonable sort of bush, and found it wasn't.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
I can climb walls, all right, if somebody only gives me a little boost.
"The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields" by Lieut. Howard Payson
Evelyn's talking to a lot of women and trying to boost our prestige.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins

In poetry:

First, choose some swingin' metre, sich as this,
That Omar used -- per Fitz -- to boost the wine.
An' 'ere's a point true artists shouldn't miss:
Sling in a bit o' slang to ev'ry line.
"A Guide for Poits" by C J Dennis
'E was stretchin' like a grey'ound, 'e was goin' all 'e knew,
But it bumped an' shoved be'ind 'im, for all that 'e could do;
It butted 'im and boosted 'im an' spanked 'im on a'ead,
Till 'e broke the ten-mile record, same as I already said.
"The Groom's Story" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The culture game in Cactus has been boosted quite a spell
By a gent with movin' pictures--and he played the show game well;
But he had himself sure tangled, and the uplift game was messed
When he tried to show a drammer of the palpitatin' West.
"Moving Pictures in Cactus Center" by Arthur Chapman

In news:

Wage boost would narrow chasm between working poor, their bosses.
Checking account fees have soared over the past year as banks try to boost profits.
But then came a massive morale boost for us Americans and the world in the 11th year of the century.
"This will boost the production of chickpeas in Ethiopia, but it will also help local manufacturers produce and develop products using chickpeas and supply a steady stream for export," said Derek Yach, a spokesman for PepsiCo.
Hoping to boost last season's paltry pass-rush production from its defensive ends, Georgia's coaching staff will try to generate additional pressure by lining up linebackers on the edge.
In downtown Bryan it's expected that over 20, 000 people will come out to celebrate the Texas Reds Festival and boost business for local companies like the Chocolate Gallery.
Lonely Planet boost for tourism.
BellSouth spokesman Jeff Battcher says anything that boosts Cingular 's revenue is good for BellSouth.
GoodLink from Cingular is designed to boost the efficiency of mobile workers through continuous two-way synchronization of Microsoft Outlook functions while under Cingular 's sizable coverage umbrella.
Aqua taps city water line to boost pressure.
How to Boost Labor and Reverse Inequality.
Industry insiders have said they expect that the law legalizing civil union s, which takes effect Jan 1, will lead to a boost in tourism among same-sex visitors.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The uphill battle to stop John Ashcroft from becoming attorney general got a boost late last week, with the unexpected arrival of two dozen boxes stuffed with "opposition research" against the former senator from Missouri.
With its training program in Wuxi, MLB hopes to groom talent and, in the long term, boost the sport's popularity.
Simply squeezing a ball or clenching their left hand can activate certain parts of the brain that may help some athletes boost their performance in high-pressure situations, new research indicates.

In science:

But compared to earlier versions of the system, the performance boost-up is significant.
An additional boost to interest to mechanical processes was gained when it was shown that suprathermally rotating grains can be aligned mechanically (Lazarian 1995, Lazarian & Efroimsky 1996).
Physics of Grain Alignment
E = B = 0, except by an infinite Lorentz boost).
On Theories With Light-Like Noncommutativity
Longitudinal Lorentz boosts can rescale θ2− to any (non-zero) value we wish it to be.
On Theories With Light-Like Noncommutativity
Correlation functions in these theories depend on the longitudinal boost invariant combination θ2−P− .
On Theories With Light-Like Noncommutativity