A boot is a type of footwear and a specific type of shoe. Most boots mainly cover the foot and the ankle and extend up the leg, sometimes as far as the knee or even the hip. Most boots have a heel that is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made of one piece. Traditionally made of leather or rubber, modern boots are made from a variety of materials. Boots are worn both for their functionality – protecting the foot and leg from water, snow, mud or hazards or providing additional ankle support for strenuous activities – and for reasons of style and fashion. High-top athletic shoes are generally not considered boots, even though ...

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  1. A heavy shoe that covers part of the leg.
  2. A blow with the foot; a kick.
  3. A flexible cover of rubber or plastic, which may be preformed to a particular shape and used to protect a shaft, lever, switch, or opening from dust, dirt, moisture, etc.
  4. A torture device used on the feet or legs, such as a Spanish boot.
  5. A parking enforcement device used to immobilize a car until it can be towed or a fine is paid; a wheel clamp.
  6. A rubber bladder on the leading edge of an aircraft’s wing, which is inflated periodically to remove ice buildup. A deicing boot.
  7. A place at the side of a coach, where attendants rode; also, a low outside place before and behind the body of the coach.
  8. A place for baggage at either end of an old-fashioned stagecoach.
  9. The luggage storage compartment of a sedan or saloon car.
  10. The act or process of removing somebody from a chat room.
  11. unattractive person, ugly woman
  12. A hard plastic case for a long firearm, typically moulded to the shape of the gun and intended for use in a vehicle.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. remedy, amends
  2. profit, plunder
  3. That which is given to make an exchange equal, or to make up for the deficiency of value in one of the things exchanged.
  4. Profit; gain; advantage; use.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. The act or process of bootstrapping; the starting or re-starting of a computing device.
    It took three boots, but I finally got the application installed.

Noun (etymology 4)

  1. A bootleg recording.


  1. To kick.
    I booted the ball toward my teammate.
  2. To put boots on, especially for riding.
  3. To apply corporal punishment (compare slippering).
  4. To forcibly eject.
    We need to boot those troublemakers as soon as possible
  5. To vomit.
    Sorry, I didn’t mean to boot all over your couch.
  6. To disconnect forcibly; to eject from an online service, conversation, etc.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. to profit, avail, benefit
  2. To enrich; to benefit; to give in addition.

Verb (etymology 3)

  1. To bootstrap; to start a system, eg. a computer, by invoking its boot process or bootstrap.
    When arriving at the office, first thing I do is booting my machine.

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