Definition of Root

1. Noun. (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground.


2. Verb. Take root and begin to grow. "This plant roots quickly"
Generic synonyms: Grow
Derivative terms: Rooting

3. Noun. The place where something begins, where it springs into being. "Communism's Russian root"

4. Verb. Come into existence, originate. "The problem roots in her depression"
Generic synonyms: Become
Derivative terms: Rootage

5. Noun. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed. "Thematic vowels are part of the stem"
Exact synonyms: Base, Radical, Root Word, Stem, Theme
Category relationships: Linguistics
Generic synonyms: Descriptor, Form, Signifier, Word Form
Derivative terms: Stem, Stem

6. Verb. Plant by the roots.
Generic synonyms: Plant, Set

7. Noun. A number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number.
Generic synonyms: Number
Specialized synonyms: Square Root, Cube Root

8. Verb. Dig with the snout. "The pig was rooting for truffles"
Exact synonyms: Rootle, Rout
Generic synonyms: Cut Into, Delve, Dig, Turn Over

9. Noun. The set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation.
Exact synonyms: Solution
Generic synonyms: Set

10. Verb. Become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style. "He finally settled down"
Exact synonyms: Settle, Settle Down, Steady Down, Take Root
Generic synonyms: Stabilise, Stabilize
Specialized synonyms: Roost

11. Noun. Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent).
Exact synonyms: Ancestor, Antecedent, Ascendant, Ascendent
Specialized synonyms: Ancestress, Forbear, Forebear, Father, Forefather, Sire, Foremother, Primogenitor, Progenitor
Generic synonyms: Relation, Relative
Derivative terms: Ancestral, Ancestral, Antecedent
Antonyms: Descendant

12. Verb. Cause to take roots.
Generic synonyms: Grow
Derivative terms: Rooting

13. Noun. A simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes.
Exact synonyms: Etymon
Generic synonyms: Descriptor, Form, Signifier, Word Form

14. Noun. The part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support.
Exact synonyms: Tooth Root
Generic synonyms: Anatomical Structure, Bodily Structure, Body Structure, Complex Body Part, Structure
Group relationships: Tooth
Terms within: Cement, Cementum

Definition of Root

1. v. i. To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine.

2. v. t. To turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth.

3. n. The underground portion of a plant, whether a true root or a tuber, a bulb or rootstock, as in the potato, the onion, or the sweet flag.

4. v. i. To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.

5. v. t. To plant and fix deeply in the earth, or as in the earth; to implant firmly; hence, to make deep or radical; to establish; -- used chiefly in the participle; as, rooted trees or forests; rooted dislike.

6. v. i. To shout for, or otherwise noisly applaud or encourage, a contestant, as in sports; hence, to wish earnestly for the success of some one or the happening of some event, with the superstitious notion that this action may have efficacy; -- usually with for; as, the crowd rooted for the home team.

Definition of Root

1. Noun. The part of a plant, generally underground, that absorbs water and nutrients. ¹

2. Noun. The part of a tooth extending into the bone holding the tooth in place. ¹

3. Noun. The part of a hair under the skin that holds the hair in place. ¹

4. Noun. The part of a hair near the skin that has not been dyed, permed, or otherwise treated. ¹

5. Noun. The primary source. ¹

6. Noun. (arithmetic) Of a number or expression, a number which, when raised to a specified power, yields the specified number or expression. ¹

7. Noun. (arithmetic) A square root (understood if no power is specified; in which case, “the root of” is often abbreviated to “root”). ¹

8. Noun. (analysis) A zero (of a function). ¹

9. Noun. (context: graph theory computing) The single node of a tree that has no parent. ¹

10. Noun. (linguistic morphology) The primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. Inflectional stems often derive from roots. ¹

11. Noun. (context: philology) A word from which another word or words are derived. ¹

12. Noun. (computing) In UNIX terminology, the first user account with complete access to the operating system and its configuration, found at the root of the directory structure. ¹

13. Noun. (computing) The person who manages accounts on a UNIX system. ¹

14. Noun. (computing) The highest directory of a directory structure which may contain both files and subdirectories. In PC-based systems the number of entries in a root directory may be limited whereas the number entries in subdirectories is unlimited. (rfex) ¹

15. Noun. (Australia New Zealand vulgar slang) An act of sexual intercourse. ¹

16. Verb. (computing slang transitive) To break into a computer system and obtain root access. ¹

17. Verb. To rummage, to search as if by digging in soil, to root out. ¹

18. Verb. (American English) To cheer to show support for a sports team, etc. ¹

19. Verb. (Australia New Zealand vulgar slang) To have sexual intercourse. ¹

20. Noun. (Australia New Zealand coarse slang) An act of sexual intercourse. ¹

21. Noun. (Australia New Zealand coarse slang) A sexual partner. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Root

1. to put forth a root (an underground portion of a plant) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Root

1. The water- and mineral-absorbing part of a plant which is usually underground, does not bear leaves, tends to grow downwards and is typically derived from the radicle of the embryo. See: adventitious. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Root

rooseveltite
roosing
roost
roostcock
roostcocks
roosted
rooster
rooster booster
roosters
roostertail
roostertailed
roostertailing
roostertails
roosting
roosts
root-fallen
root-noun
root about
root abscess
root amputation
root around
root avulsion
root beer
root beer float
root beers
root canal
root canal file
root canal filling materials

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