boot

1
[ boot ]
/ but /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Computers. to start a computer or program, or be started in this way (often followed by up): My laptop won't boot and shows a blank screen.

Idioms for boot

Origin of boot

1
1275–1325; Middle English bote < Anglo-French, Old French; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for boot up (1 of 2)

boot1
/ (buːt) /

noun

verb

See also boots

Word Origin for boot

C14 bote, from Old French, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for boot up (2 of 2)

boot2
/ (buːt) /

verb (usually impersonal)

archaic to be of advantage or use to (a person)what boots it to complain?

noun

obsolete an advantage
dialect something given in addition, esp to equalize an exchangea ten pound boot to settle the bargain
to boot as well; in additionit's cold and musty, and damp to boot

Word Origin for boot

Old English bōt compensation; related to Old Norse bōt remedy, Gothic bōta, Old High German buoza improvement
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Idioms and Phrases with boot up (1 of 2)

boot up

Start a computer, as in When you've booted up, it's best not to turn off the computer until you're done for the day. The term, dating from the late 1970s, was a shortening of bootstrap, another computer idiom referring to using one set of instructions to load another set of instructions. Also see log in.

Idioms and Phrases with boot up (2 of 2)

boot

In addition to the idioms beginning with boot

  • boot out
  • boot up

also see:

  • die with one's boots on
  • get the ax (boot)
  • kick (boot) out
  • lick someone's boots
  • pull oneself up (by the bootstraps)
  • quake in one's boots
  • to boot
  • too big for one's breeches (boots)
  • you can bet your ass (boots)

Also see undershoe.

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