booster

[boo-ster]

noun


Origin of booster

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; boost + -er1
Related formsboost·er·ish, adjective
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Related Words for booster

patron, enthusiast, promoter, backer, sponsor, rooter

Examples from the Web for booster

Contemporary Examples of booster

Historical Examples of booster

  • The primary—ah, booster, as you say, breaks free at twelve miles.

    The Big Tomorrow

    Paul Lohrman

  • Like the rest of you, I knew nothing of the true action of the booster.

    The Long Voyage

    Carl Richard Jacobi

  • They haven't got the booster or anything like it, or they'd have used it.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • One is reduced to the figures of the real estate "booster" for terms of proportion.

    California

    Mary Austin

  • "Be a Booster," it advises, and no one can say that it does not live up to its principles.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street


British Dictionary definitions for booster

booster

noun

a person or thing that supports, assists, or increases power or effectiveness
Also called: launch vehicle the first stage of a multistage rocket
radio television
  1. a radio-frequency amplifier connected between an aerial and a receiver to amplify weak incoming signals
  2. a radio-frequency amplifier that amplifies incoming signals, retransmitting them at higher power
another name for supercharger
short for booster dose
slang, mainly US a shoplifter
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Word Origin and History for booster
n.

1890, "one who boosts" something, agent noun from boost (v.). Electrical sense is recorded from 1894. Young child's booster chair is attested under that name from 1960.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

booster in Medicine

booster

[bōōstər]

n.

An additional dose of an immunizing agent, such as a vaccine or toxoid, given at a time after the initial dose to sustain the immune response elicited by the previous dose of the same agent.booster dose booster shot
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booster in Science

booster

[bōōstər]

An additional dose of an immunizing agent, such as a vaccine or toxoid, given at a time period of weeks to years after the initial dose to sustain the immune response elicited by the first dose. Tetanus, diphtheria, and measles vaccines are commonly given in booster doses.
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