verb (used with object), boot·strapped, boot·strap·ping.
Examples from the Web for bootstrap
Unlike silly examples involving broccoli and cell phones, that so-called “bootstrap” argument is sound.Impeach the Supreme Court Justices If They Overturn Health-Care Law|David R. Dow|April 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The actual gunmen had cited Osama bin Laden as their motive, but TTP was eager to bootstrap.
One man turned up in Bootstrap with radiation burns, but he had not offered himself for check over at the hospital.
They had to trail the line of busses as far as Bootstrap and crawl through the crowded streets.
They headed for Bootstrap in a convoy, a long, long string of lighted vehicles running one behind the other.
In the few minutes before Bootstrap loomed near, they filled the bottom of the cabin with blankets.
In the desert near Bootstrap there was a gigantic construction shed.
British Dictionary definitions for bootstrap
- Also: boot a technique for loading the first few program instructions into a computer main store to enable the rest of the program to be introduced from an input device
- (as modifier)a bootstrap loader
verb -straps, -strapping or -strapped (tr)
Word Origin and History for bootstrap
Circa 1900, to pull (oneself) up by (one's) bootstraps was used figuratively of an impossible task (Among the "practical questions" at the end of chapter one of Steele's "Popular Physics" schoolbook (1888) is, "30. Why can not a man lift himself by pulling up on his boot-straps?"). By 1916 its meaning expanded to include "better oneself by rigorous, unaided effort." The meaning "fixed sequence of instructions to load the operating system of a computer" (1953) is from the notion of the first-loaded program pulling itself, and the rest, up by the bootstrap.