verb (used with object), boot·strapped, boot·strap·ping.
Origin of bootstrap
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Contemporary Examples of 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
The actual gunmen had cited Osama bin Laden as their motive, but TTP was eager to bootstrap.Death on Killer Mountain
July 6, 2013
Historical Examples of bootstrap
Once they met a convoy of empty vehicles on the way back to Bootstrap.
In the desert near Bootstrap there was a gigantic construction shed.
Then they went out into the neon-lighted business street of Bootstrap.
It is hardly likely that he was—ah—carrying the stuff with him last night, in Bootstrap.
They arrived in Bootstrap some forty-six hours after the crashing of their ship.Space Tug
- Also: boota 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)
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.