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 for Boot
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Boot \Boot\, n. [OE. bote, OF. bote, F. botte, LL. botta; of
     uncertain origin.]
     1. A covering for the foot and lower part of the leg,
        ordinarily made of leather.
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     2. An instrument of torture for the leg, formerly used to
        extort confessions, particularly in Scotland.
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              So he was put to the torture, which in Scotland they
              call the boots; for they put a pair of iron boots
              close on the leg, and drive wedges between them and
              the leg.                              --Bp. Burnet.
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     3. A place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode;
        also, a low outside place before and behind the body of
        the coach. [Obs.]
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     4. A place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned
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     5. An apron or cover (of leather or rubber cloth) for the
        driving seat of a vehicle, to protect from rain and mud.
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     6. (Plumbing) The metal casing and flange fitted about a pipe
        where it passes through a roof.
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     Boot catcher, the person at an inn whose business it was to
        pull off boots and clean them. [Obs.] --Swift.
     Boot closer, one who, or that which, sews the uppers of
     Boot crimp, a frame or device used by bootmakers for
        drawing and shaping the body of a boot.
     Boot hook, a hook with a handle, used for pulling on boots.
     Boots and saddles (Cavalry Tactics), the trumpet call which
        is the first signal for mounted drill.
     Sly boots. See Slyboots, in the Vocabulary.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Boot \Boot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Booted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To profit; to advantage; to avail; -- generally followed
        by it; as, what boots it?
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              What booteth it to others that we wish them well,
              and do nothing for them?              --Hooker.
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              What subdued
              To change like this a mind so far imbued
              With scorn of man, it little boots to know. --Byron.
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              What boots to us your victories?      --Southey.
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     2. To enrich; to benefit; to give in addition. [Obs.]
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              And I will boot thee with what gift beside
              Thy modesty can beg.                  --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Boot \Boot\ (b[=oo]t), n. [OE. bot, bote, advantage, amends,
     cure, AS. b[=o]t; akin to Icel. b[=o]t, Sw. bot, Dan. bod,
     Goth. b[=o]ta, D. boete, G. busse; prop., a making good or
     better, from the root of E. better, adj. [root]255.]
     1. Remedy; relief; amends; reparation; hence, one who brings
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              He gaf the sike man his boote.        --Chaucer.
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              Thou art boot for many a bruise
              And healest many a wound.             --Sir W.
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              Next her Son, our soul's best boot.   --Wordsworth.
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     2. That which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make
        up for the deficiency of value in one of the things
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              I'll give you boot, I'll give you three for one.
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     3. Profit; gain; advantage; use. [Obs.]
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              Then talk no more of flight, it is no boot. --Shak.
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     To boot, in addition; over and above; besides; as a
        compensation for the difference of value between things
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              Helen, to change, would give an eye to boot. --Shak.
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              A man's heaviness is refreshed long before he comes
              to drunkenness, for when he arrives thither he hath
              but changed his heaviness, and taken a crime to
              boot.                                 --Jer. Taylor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Boot \Boot\, n.
     Booty; spoil. [Obs. or R.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Boot \Boot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Booted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To put boots on, esp. for riding.
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              Coated and booted for it.             --B. Jonson.
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     2. To punish by kicking with a booted foot. [U. S.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Boot \Boot\, v. i.
     To boot one's self; to put on one's boots.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
      2: British term for the luggage compartment in a car
      3: the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a
         great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush
         from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks" [syn: bang,
         boot, charge, rush, flush, thrill, kick]
      4: protective casing for something that resembles a leg
      5: an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the
         foot and leg [syn: boot, the boot, iron boot, iron
      6: a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron
         and slowly crushed
      7: the act of delivering a blow with the foot; "he gave the ball
         a powerful kick"; "the team's kicking was excellent" [syn:
         kick, boot, kicking]
      v 1: kick; give a boot to
      2: cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial
         processes; "boot your computer" [syn: boot, reboot,
         bring up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  235 Moby Thesaurus words for "boot":
     Naval Reservist, Procrustean bed, Royal Marine, Seabee,
     abecedarian, additionally, alphabetarian, also, apprentice,
     articled clerk, as well, avail, bang, bed of Procrustes, beginner,
     besides, bloomer, blooper, blow, bluejacket, bobble, bonehead play,
     boner, bonnet, boo-boo, boob stunt, booting out, boots, bounce,
     break, breech, bump, bust, cadet, calcitration, can, cap, cashier,
     cashiering, catechumen, charge, chaussure, cloak, clodhoppers,
     coat, coif, colt, conge, conscript, debutant, defenestration,
     defrock, degrade, demote, deplume, deposal, depose, deprive,
     detrusion, disbar, discharge, disemploy, disemployment, dismiss,
     dismissal, displace, displacing, displume, draft, drafted man,
     draftee, drop a brick, drop kick, drop the ball, drum out,
     drumming out, duff, dumb trick, eject, ejection, ejectment,
     enlistee, enrollee, entrant, expel, expulsion, extrusion, fire,
     firing, fledgling, fluff, flush, fool mistake, footgear, footwear,
     foozle, forced separation, foul up, foul-up, freshman, frock,
     frogman, furlough, furloughing, give the ax, give the gate, gob,
     goof, gown, greenhorn, gunboats, hat, help, hood, horse marine,
     howler, ignoramus, in addition, inductee, initiate,
     into the bargain, iron heel, jacket, jettison, jollies, jolly,
     kick, kick upstairs, kicking, kicking downstairs, knee, lay off,
     layoff, let go, let out, levy, lift, louse up, louse-up,
     make redundant, mantle, marine, midshipman, midshipmite, moreover,
     muck up, muck-up, naval cadet, navy man, neophyte, novice,
     novitiate, obtrusion, ouster, ousting, pattens, pension off,
     pink slip, place kick, postulant, pratfall, probationer,
     probationist, profit, propel, pull a boner, punt, push, quiver,
     rack, raw recruit, read out of, recruit, rejection, release,
     removal, remove, replace, retire, retirement, rookie, rush,
     rush of emotion, sabots, sack, scarpines, screamer, screw,
     screw up, screw-up, selectee, sensation, separate forcibly, shirt,
     shiver, shoe, shoes, shove, shudder, sock, stocking, strip,
     superannuate, surge of emotion, surplus, surplusing, suspend,
     suspension, swabbie, tenderfoot, the ax, the boot, the bounce,
     the gate, the sack, thrill, throwing out, thumbscrew, ticket,
     tingle, tingling, titillation, to boot, too, trainee, tremor,
     tremor of excitement, turn off, turn out, tyro, unfrock,
     walking papers, wallop, wheel, wooden shoes

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      [techspeak; from ?by one's bootstraps?] To load and initialize the
      operating system on a machine. This usage is no longer jargon (having
      passed into techspeak) but has given rise to some derivatives that are
      still jargon.
      The derivative reboot implies that the machine hasn't been down for long,
      or that the boot is a bounce (sense 4) intended to clear some state of {
      wedgitude. This is sometimes used of human thought processes, as in the
      following exchange: ?You've lost me.? ?OK, reboot. Here's the theory....?
      This term is also found in the variants cold boot (from power-off
      condition) and warm boot (with the CPU and all devices already powered up,
      as after a hardware reset or software crash).
      Another variant: soft boot, reinitialization of only part of a system,
      under control of other software still running: ?If you're running the {
      mess-dos emulator, control-alt-insert will cause a soft-boot of the
      emulator, while leaving the rest of the system running.?
      Opposed to this there is hard boot, which connotes hostility towards or
      frustration with the machine being booted: ?I'll have to hard-boot this
      losing Sun.? ?I recommend booting it hard.? One often hard-boots by
      performing a power cycle.
      Historical note: this term derives from bootstrap loader, a short program
      that was read in from cards or paper tape, or toggled in from the front
      panel switches. This program was always very short (great efforts were
      expended on making it short in order to minimize the labor and chance of
      error involved in toggling it in), but was just smart enough to read in a
      slightly more complex program (usually from a card or paper tape reader),
      to which it handed control; this program in turn was smart enough to read
      the application or operating system from a magnetic tape drive or disk
      drive. Thus, in successive steps, the computer ?pulled itself up by its
      bootstraps? to a useful operating state. Nowadays the bootstrap is usually
      found in ROM or EPROM, and reads the first stage in from a fixed location
      on the disk, called the ?boot block?. When this program gains control, it
      is powerful enough to load the actual OS and hand control over to it.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      To load and initialise the
     operating system on a computer.  Normally abbreviated to
     "{boot".  From the curious expression "to pull oneself up by
     one's bootstraps", one of the legendary feats of Baron von
     Munchhausen.  The bootstrap loader is the program that runs
     on the computer before any (normal) program can run.  Derived
     terms include reboot, cold boot, warm boot, soft boot
     and hard boot.
     The term also applies to the use of a compiler to compile
     itself.  The usual process is to write an interpreter for a
     language, L, in some other existing language.  The compiler is
     then written in L and the interpreter is used to run it.  This
     produces an executable for compiling programs in L from the
     source of the compiler in L.  This technique is often used to
     verify the correctness of a compiler.  It was first used in
     the LISP community.
     See also My Favourite Toy Language.
     [{Jargon File]

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