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root

noun (n)

  • (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 (noun.plant)
    source: wordnet30
  • the place where something begins, where it springs into being (noun.location)
    Example:
    Communism's Russian root.
    source: wordnet30
  • (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number (noun.quantity)
    source: wordnet30
  • the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation (noun.group)
    Synonym: solution
    source: wordnet30
  • someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes (noun.communication)
    Synonym: etymon
    source: wordnet30
  • the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support (noun.body)
    Synonym: tooth root
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • take root and begin to grow (verb.change)
    Example:
    This plant roots quickly.
    source: wordnet30
  • come into existence, originate (verb.stative)
    Example:
    The problem roots in her depression.
    source: wordnet30
  • plant by the roots (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • dig with the snout (verb.contact)
    Synonym: rootle, rout
    Example:
    The pig was rooting for truffles.
    source: wordnet30
  • become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to take roots (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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