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boot

1. an enclosed compartment of a car for holding luggage, etc., usually at the rear
2. a protective covering over a mechanical device, such as a rubber sheath protecting a coupling joining two shafts
3. US and Canadian a rubber patch used to repair a puncture in a tyre
4. a protective covering for the lower leg of a horse
5. Computing short for bootstrap
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boot

[büt]
(computer science)
To load the operating system into a computer after it has been switched on; usually applied to small computers.
(electricity)
A protective covering over any portion of a cable, wire, or connector.
(mining engineering)
A projecting portion of a reinforced concrete beam acting as a corbel to support the facing material, such as brick or stone.
The lower end of a bucket elevator.
(petroleum engineering)

Boot

[büt]
(astronomy)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

boot

The flange and metal casing around a pipe that passes through a roof.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

boot

boot
A flexible tubing bonded to the leading edge of wings, fins, elevators, and other aircraft surfaces to break up ice. These are inflated and deflated in a pulsating fashion. Each inflation and deflation results in the breaking up of ice that may have formed and is allowed to be swept away. Boots are generally provided on the leading edges of the mainplane, the tailplane, and the fin.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

boot

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boot

A boot causes the computer to start executing instructions. PCs and Macs contain built-in instructions in a ROM or flash memory chip that are automatically executed on startup. These instructions search for the operating system, load it and pass control to it. Booting a computer today means turning it on or selecting Restart. In the early days of computing, booting required pressing several buttons at the console.

Put Your Boots On!
The term comes from "bootstrap." Since bootstraps help you get your boots on, booting the computer helps it get its first instructions. The term is often used erroneously for application software. For example, you might hear someone say "let's boot Excel," whereas the correct usage is "launch Excel" or "load Excel." See cold boot, warm boot, clean boot, boot loader and first boot sequence.


You Need Help to Get Started
System Commander was an earlier boot manager that allowed users to install any number of different operating systems on their PCs. On startup, this menu let you choose your OS. (Screen shot courtesy of V Communications, Inc.)






All the Boots You'll Ever Need
System Commander was an earlier boot manager that allowed users to install any number of different operating systems on their PCs. On startup, this menu let you choose your OS. (Screen shot courtesy of V Communications, Inc.)
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USA Jockey Victor Molina gave a fractious mount a kick in the gut before the third race at Philadelphia Park on Monday - and was then given the boot himself as a result, writes Dan Farley.