Associations to the word «Roots»


ROOT, noun. The part of a plant, generally underground, that anchors and supports the plant body, absorbs and stores water and nutrients, and in some plants is able to perform vegetative reproduction.
ROOT, noun. A root vegetable.
ROOT, noun. The part of a tooth extending into the bone holding the tooth in place.
ROOT, noun. The part of a hair under the skin that holds the hair in place.
ROOT, noun. The part of a hair near the skin that has not been dyed, permed, or otherwise treated.
ROOT, noun. The primary source; origin.
ROOT, noun. (arithmetic) Of a number or expression, a number which, when raised to a specified power, yields the specified number or expression.
ROOT, noun. (arithmetic) A square root (understood if no power is specified; in which case, “the root of” is often abbreviated to “root”).
ROOT, noun. (analysis) A zero (of an equation).
ROOT, noun. (graph theory) (computing) The single node of a tree that has no parent.
ROOT, noun. (linguistic morphology) The primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. Inflectional stems often derive from roots.
ROOT, noun. (philology) A word from which another word or words are derived.
ROOT, noun. (music) The fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed.
ROOT, noun. The lowest place, position, or part.
ROOT, noun. (computing) In UNIX terminology, the first user account with complete access to the operating system and its configuration, found at the root of the directory structure.
ROOT, noun. (computing) The person who manages accounts on a UNIX system.
ROOT, noun. (computing) The highest directory of a directory structure which may contain both files and subdirectories.
ROOT, verb. (computing) (slang) (transitive) To break into a computer system and obtain root access.
ROOT, verb. To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.
ROOT, verb. To be firmly fixed; to be established.
ROOT, verb. (transitive) To turn up or dig with the snout.
ROOT, verb. (by extension) To seek favour or advancement by low arts or grovelling servility; to fawn.
ROOT, verb. (intransitive) To rummage, to search as if by digging in soil.
ROOT, verb. (transitive) To root out; to abolish.
ROOT, verb. (Australia) (New Zealand) (vulgar) (slang) To have sexual intercourse.
ROOT, noun. (Australia) (New Zealand) (vulgar) (slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
ROOT, noun. (Australia) (New Zealand) (vulgar) (slang) A sexual partner.
ROOT, verb. (intransitive) (with for) (US) To cheer to show support for. [late 19th century]
ROOT, verb. (transitive) (US) To hope for the success of. Rendered as 'root for'.
ROOT, proper noun. A surname​.
ROOT, proper noun. A town in New York.
ROOT, proper noun. A municipality in Lucerne, Switzerland.
ROOT ABOUT, verb. (literally of a pig) To forage by poking the snout here and there.
ROOT ABOUT, verb. (figuratively) To rummage; to look for something in a somewhat aimless fashion.
ROOT AND BRANCH, adjective. Total, thorough, sweeping, complete, radical, drastic.
ROOT AND BRANCH, adverb. Totally, completely.
ROOT AROUND, verb. (idiomatic) (chiefly US) Alternative form of root about
ROOT BEER, noun. A beverage, most often a carbonated soft drink made from a combination of vanilla, cherry tree bark, licorice root, sarsaparilla root, sassafras root bark, nutmeg, anise, and molasses, among other things.
ROOT BEER, noun. A dark reddish-brown color, like the drink.
ROOT BEER FLOAT, noun. A dessert consisting of root beer poured over vanilla ice cream, so that the ice cream floats.
ROOT BEERS, noun. Plural of root beer
ROOT CANAL, noun. The hollow part of the root of a tooth containing the nerve and blood vessels.
ROOT CANAL, noun. (dentistry) A surgical operation on a root canal, typically filling it with gutta-percha.
ROOT CANALS, noun. Plural of root canal
ROOT CAUSE, noun. (idiomatic) An initiating cause of a chain of events which leads to an outcome or effect of interest.
ROOT CELLAR, noun. A structure built underground or partially underground and used to store vegetables, fruits, and nuts or other foods
ROOT EFFECT, noun. A physiological phenomenon in fish hemoglobin, whereby an increased proton or carbon dioxide concentration (lower pH) lowers hemoglobin's affinity and carrying capacity for oxygen.
ROOT FOR, verb. (intransitive) To encourage a favored person, team, or result.
ROOT HAIR, noun. (biology) The rhizoid of a vascular plant; a tubular outgrowth of a trichoblast, a hair-forming cell on the epidermis of a plant root.
ROOT HAIRS, noun. Plural of root hair
ROOT KIT, noun. (computing) Alternative spelling of rootkit
ROOT MEAN SQUARE, noun. (mathematics) (of a set of numbers or values) The square root of the arithmetic mean of the squares.
ROOT MEAN SQUARE VELOCITY, noun. (physics) The root mean square of the velocities of all the molecules in a volume of gas; directly proportional to its temperature in the case of an ideal gas.
ROOT NOUN, noun. (linguistics) In Proto-Indo-European linguistics, a noun formed by adding inflectional endings directly to the root, with no intermediate suffixes.
ROOT OUT, verb. To remove or abolish completely.
ROOT OUT, verb. To search for and discover.
ROOT POSITION, noun. (music) a position of a chord when the root is the lowest note
ROOT POSITIONS, noun. Plural of root position
ROOT PRESSURE, noun. The pressure (the result of osmosis) exerted by the roots of vascular plants that moves water into the leaves and causes guttation.
ROOT ROT, noun. Any of several plant fungal diseases caused by having over-wet roots.
ROOT ROTS, noun. Plural of root rot
ROOT UP, verb. To dig or pull up by the roots; to deracinate.
ROOT VEGETABLE, noun. The root of a plant used as an edible vegetable, such as the carrot, potato, or onion.
ROOT VEGETABLES, noun. Plural of root vegetable
ROOT VOLE, noun. A species of vole, Microtus oeconomus.
ROOT VOLES, noun. Plural of root vole
ROOT WORD, noun. A prefix in an English word derived from Greek or Latin.
ROOT WORD, noun. Alternative form of root It is the primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. Inflectional stems often derive from roots.
ROOT WORDS, noun. Plural of root word

Dictionary definition

ROOT, noun. (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.
ROOT, noun. 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".
ROOT, noun. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem".
ROOT, noun. A number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number.
ROOT, noun. The set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation.
ROOT, noun. Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent).
ROOT, noun. A simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes.
ROOT, noun. The part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support.
ROOT, verb. Take root and begin to grow; "this plant roots quickly".
ROOT, verb. Come into existence, originate; "The problem roots in her depression".
ROOT, verb. Plant by the roots.
ROOT, verb. Dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles".
ROOT, verb. Become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; "He finally settled down".
ROOT, verb. Cause to take roots.

Wise words

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
Alfred Lord Tennyson