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Definitions of root

  1.   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.   To fix by the root; to plant deeply. Root of bitterness, any error, sin, or evil, considered with reference to its fruit. To take root, to become planted or fixed.
  3.   An ancestor or progenitor; and hence, an early race; a stem.
  4.   The descending portion of a plant, fixing the plant in the soil, and absorbing nourishment.
  5.   arising from or going to the root; " a radical flaw in the plan"
  6.   A primitive form of speech; one of the earliest terms employed in language; a word from which other words are formed; a radix, or radical.
  7.   The cause or occasion by which anything is brought about; the source.
  8.   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.
  9.   become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; " He finally settled down"
  10.   To be firmly fixed; to be established.
  11.   someone from whom you are descended ( but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  12.   take root; begin to grow; of plants
  13.   The part of a plant which is fixed in the earth; anything like a root; bottom; original word; cause; in math., factor of a quantity, which, when muitiplied by it self, produces that quantity.
  14.   come into existence, originate; " The problem roots in her depression"
  15.   An edible or esculent root, especially of such plants as produce a single root, as the beet, carrot, etc.; as, the root crop.
  16.   To fix or become fixed in the earth by roots.
  17.   To fix the root: to be firmly established.
  18.   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.
  19.   a number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number
  20.   The descending, and commonly branching, axis of a plant, increasing in length by growth at its extremity only, not divided into joints, leafless and without buds, and having for its offices to fix the plant in the earth, to supply it with moisture and soluble matters, and sometimes to serve as a reservoir of nutriment for future growth. A true root, however, may never reach the ground, but may be attached to a wall, etc., as in the ivy, or may hang loosely in the air, as in some epiphytic orchids.
  21.   The time which to reckon in making calculations.
  22.   To turn up with the snout, as swine.
  23.   To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine.
  24.   That which resembles a root in position or function, esp. as a source of nourishment or support; that from which anything proceeds as if by growth or development; as, the root of a tooth, a nail, a cancer, and the like.
  25.   To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.
  26.   take root and begin to grow; " this plant roots quickly"
  27.   the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support
  28.   To eradicate; followed by up or out.
  29.   To fix the root; be firmly fixed.
  30.   The underground part of a plant which fixes it in the earth and serves to absorb moisture and nourishment; an edible underground part of a plant, as a potato; anything like a root; an ancestor; the part of an organ that is most deeply embedded; as, the root of a hair or finger nail; that from which anything has its origin; cause; as, laziness is the root of his poverty; the lower part of a thing; foundation; a quantity which, multiplied by itself a given number of times, produces a given quantity; as, 2 is the second or square root of 4; the part of a word, without prefix or suffix, which expresses its primary or essential meaning.
  31.   1. The subterranean portion of a plant, which fixes the plant in the soil, and absorbs moisture and nutrient material. 2. In anatomy the base, foundation, or beginning of any part, radix. 3. Radix dentis, the portion of a tooth below the neck, covered by cementum, and fixed in the alveolus.
  32.   someone from whom you are descended ( but usually more remote that a grandparent)
  33.   A factor of a quantity that, multiplied by itself a specified number of times, will produce the quantity.
  34.   the place where something begins, where it springs into being; " the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; " Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; " Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; " communism's Russian root"
  35.   To fix the root; to be firmly fixed.
  36.   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.
  37.   To plant or fix in the earth; to enter the earth; to impress deeply; to tear up from the ground; to tear up the earth with the snout, as swine; to extirpate.
  38.   a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
  39.   To turn up the earth with the snout.
  40.   To tear up by the root; to eradicate; to extirpate; - with up, out, or away.
  41.   To plant deeply; to turn up, as earth; ransack; dig up.
  42.   The elementary part of a word.
  43.   Hence, to seek for favor or advancement by low arts or groveling servility; to fawn servilely.
  44.   The underground, supporting part of a plant; origin; cause; foundation.
  45.   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;
  46.   dig with the snout; " the pig was rooting for truffles"
  47.   ( 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
  48.   To plant in the earth: to implant deeply.
  49.   That part of a plant which descends into and fixes itself in the earth, and through which the plant is nourished; the part of anything resembling a root in manner of growth; the lower part of a thing; the original or cause of anything; first ancestor; impression; durable effect; in a language, that element which serves as a common basis to one or more words, the root being contained in the language itself, or in its older forms derived from a foreign language; in alg., the value of an unknown quantity in an equation; in arith., any number which multiplied by itself produces a square or power- that number is the root of the square or power.
  50.   The fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed.
  51.   cause to take roots
  52.   To plant and fix in the earth; to dig up with the snout; with out or up; to tear up or out; with out or up.
  53.   To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine; to eradicate.
  54.   To turn or dig up with the snout.
  55.   That factor of a quantity which when multiplied into itself will produce that quantity; thus, 3 is a root of 9, because 3 multiplied into itself produces 9; 3 is the cube root of 27.
  56.   Ramifications of a plant under the earth, by which it absorbs sustaining elements.
  57.   That part of a plant which fixes itself in the earth and draws nourishment from the soil; an edible root; what resembles a root; the bottom or lower part of anything; the original or cause of anything; the primitive of a derivative word; the quantity which, multiplied by itself, produces a given quantity; the fundamental note of any chord.
  58.   To take root; to be firmly fixed or established; to turn up the earth with the snout.
  59.   the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
  60.   The lowest place, position, or part.
  61.   ( linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; " thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  62.   To turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth.
  63.   take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for; " We all rooted for the home team"; " I'm pulling for the underdog"; " Are you siding with the defender of the title?"
  64.   The part of a plant which is fixed in the earth, and which draws up sap from the soil: an edible root: anything like a root: the bottom: a word from which others are derived: the cause or occasion of anything: ( math.) the factor of a quantity which multiplied by itself produces that quantity: in an equation.
  65.   plant by the roots

Quotes of root

  1. As far as Beau is concerned, we're on the same team, we root for each other. If my parts are slightly more attractive, or are perceived that way by others, he's very content. – Jeff Bridges
  2. Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex. – Havelock Ellis
  3. Self is the root the tree, and the branches of all the evils of our fallen state. – William Law
  4. After reaching 50, I began to wonder what the root of life is. – Yo-Yo Ma
  5. I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension. – Norman Mailer
  6. The root of the evil is not the construction of new, more dreadful weapons. It is the spirit of conquest. – Ludwig von Mises
  7. You fall into my arms. You are the good gift of destruction's path, When life sickens more than disease. And boldness is the root of beauty. Which draws us together. – Boris Pasternak
  8. Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. – Plato
  9. They read their sports pages, know their statistics and either root like hell or boo our butts off. I love it. Give me vocal fans, pro or con, over the tourist types who show up in Houston or Montreal and just sit there. – Mike Schmidt
  10. Perhaps the old monks were right when they tried to root love out; perhaps the poets are right when they try to water it. It is a blood -red flower, with the color of sin; but there is always the scent of a god about it. – Olive Schreiner
  11. The Government are very keen on amassing statistics- they collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. – Josiah Stamp
  12. The Jew is a devil in human form. It is fitting that he be exterminated root and branch. – Julius Streicher
  13. Forbearance is the root of quietness and assurance forever. – Ieyasu Tokugawa
  14. Liberty, when it begins to take root is a plant of rapid growth. – George Washington
  15. The representation of the tabernacle arose out of the temple of Solomon as its root in dependence on the sacred ark, for which there is early testimony, and which in the time of David, and also before it, was sheltered by a tent. – Julius Wellhausen

Usage examples for root

  1. “ " Silly, she is what her life has made her- material, passionately selfish, unable to renounce the root of all evil. ” – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  2. May it please His Majesty that I may not by my own fault root them out, and become again what I was before. ” – The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus by Teresa of Avila
  3. At the root of half the religious movements of the world lies the appeal of the preacher and the prophet- to women. ” – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  4. Real fear came into Ann's eyes at this- fear that lay at the root of all her trouble. ” – The Man Thou Gavest by Harriet T. Comstock
  5. You do not find money to be the root of all evil, then? ” – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  6. You see, money's got a heap of evil lyin' around its root well, the root of things is gener'ly the most attractive. ” – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  7. They are all much the same, you know, at the root – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  8. The idea took root in him. ” – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
  9. She was too much absorbed in getting to the root of things. ” – Mary Gray by Katharine Tynan
  10. “ That's sport, you know- not the 'image and likeness of war' that Jorrocks called it, but the real red root – King--of the Khyber Rifles by Talbot Mundy
  11. The marks on the older part of the root will not change their relative distance, but the mark at the tip will be carried away from the one next it, showing that the growth has taken place only at this point. ” – Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf by Jane H. Newell
  12. “ " They on the rock are they which, when they hear, receive the Word with joy, and these have no root which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. ” – Child's Story of the Bible by Mary A. Lathbury
  13. Take as much of the root as possible, especially the little fibres, which should never become dry. ” – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  14. Only, as the doctor says, we prefer to attack the real root of the disease, rather than its physical results. ” – Dawn of All by Robert Hugh Benson
  15. He struck at the root of the evil. ” – Sketches of the Covenanters by J. C. McFeeters
  16. It should go directly to the root of the trouble and should state as nearly as possible when and where and how it came about. ” – The Book of Business Etiquette by Nella Henney
  17. Ignorance, non- perception, are at the root of it. ” – Pagan & Christian Creeds Their Origin and Meaning by Edward Carpenter
  18. The old man sat down on the root of a tree. ” – The Cave Boy of the Age of Stone by Margaret A. McIntyre
  19. “ For the interest which we take in genius has its root in the interest which we take in ourselves. ” – Four-Dimensional Vistas by Claude Fayette Bragdon
  20. The familiar distinction between work and play has no root in nature. ” – Wagner's Tristan und Isolde by George Ainslie Hight

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