a covering of leather, rubber, or the like, for the foot and all or part of the leg.
Chiefly British. any shoe or outer foot covering reaching to the ankle.
an overshoe, especially one of rubber or other waterproof material.
an instrument of torture for the leg, consisting of a kind of vise extending from the knee to the ankle, tightened around the leg by means of screws.
any sheathlike protective covering: a boot for a weak automobile tire.
a protective covering for the foot and part of the leg of a horse.
a protecting cover or apron for the driver's seat of an open vehicle.
the receptacle or place into which the top of a convertible car fits when lowered.
a cloth covering for this receptacle or place.
British. the trunk of an automobile.
a rubber covering for the connection between each spark-plug terminal and ignition cable in an automotive ignition system.
Also called Denver boot. a metal device attached to the wheel of a parked car so that it cannot be driven away until a fine is paid or the owner reports to the police: used by police to catch scofflaws.
U.S. Navy, Marines.a recruit.
Music.the box that holds the reed in the reed pipe of an organ.
Slang.a dismissal; discharge: They gave him the boot for coming in late.
Informal.a sensation of pleasure or amusement: Watching that young skater win a gold medal gave me a real boot.
Baseball.a fumble of a ball batted on the ground, usually to the infield.
Computers.an act or instance of starting up a computer.
"footwear," early 14c., from O.Fr. bote "boot" (12c.), with corresponding words in Prov. and Sp., of unknown origin, perhaps from a Gmc. source. Originally for riding boots only. The verb meaning "kick" is Amer.Eng. 1877; that of "eject" is from 1880.
"profit, use," O.E. bot "help, relief, advantage; atonement," lit. "a making better," from P.Gmc. *boto (see better). Cf. Ger. Buße "penance, atonement," Goth. botha "advantage." Now mostly in phrase to boot (O.E. to bote).
"start up a computer," 1975, from bootstrap (n.), 1953, "fixed sequence of instructions to load the operating system of a computer," on notion of the first-loaded program pulling itself, and the rest, up by the bootstraps.