Definitions of root

  1. To fix the root; to be firmly fixed.
  2. To fix or become fixed in the earth by roots.
  3. To turn or dig up with the snout.
  4. To eradicate; followed by up or out.
  5. To turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth.
  6. 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.
  7. To tear up by the root; to eradicate; to extirpate; - with up, out, or away.
  8. 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.
  9. To plant in the earth: to implant deeply.
  10. To turn up with the snout, as swine.
  11. To plant deeply; to turn up, as earth; ransack; dig up.
  12. To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine.
  13. Hence, to seek for favor or advancement by low arts or groveling servility; to fawn servilely.
  14. To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.
  15. To be firmly fixed; to be established.
  16. To take root; to be firmly fixed or established; to turn up the earth with the snout.
  17. To fix the root: to be firmly established.
  18. To turn up the earth with the snout.
  19. To fix the root; be firmly fixed.
  20. 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;
  21. take root; begin to grow; of plants
  22. become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; " He finally settled down"
  23. dig with the snout; " the pig was rooting for truffles"
  24. 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.
  25. To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine; to eradicate.
  26. someone from whom you are descended ( but usually more remote that a grandparent)
  27. a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
  28. ( linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; " thematic vowels are part of the stem"
  29. the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support
  30. the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
  31. a number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number
  32. someone from whom you are descended ( but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  33. ( 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
  34. take root and begin to grow; " this plant roots quickly"
  35. cause to take roots
  36. plant by the roots
  37. come into existence, originate; " The problem roots in her depression"
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. An edible or esculent root, especially of such plants as produce a single root, as the beet, carrot, etc.; as, the root crop.
  42. 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.
  43. An ancestor or progenitor; and hence, an early race; a stem.
  44. 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.
  45. The cause or occasion by which anything is brought about; the source.
  46. 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.
  47. The fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed.
  48. The lowest place, position, or part.
  49. The time which to reckon in making calculations.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. The underground, supporting part of a plant; origin; cause; foundation.
  53. The elementary part of a word.
  54. A factor of a quantity that, multiplied by itself a specified number of times, will produce the quantity.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. The descending portion of a plant, fixing the plant in the soil, and absorbing nourishment.
  58. arising from or going to the root; " a radical flaw in the plan"
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