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

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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)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Root

rooster booster
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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