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[v. ree-boot; n. ree-boot, ree-boot] /v. riˈbut; n. riˈbut, ˈriˌbut/ Computers.
verb (used with object)
to restart (a computer) by loading the operating system; boot again.
verb (used without object)
(of a computer) to be restarted.
an act or instance of restarting a computer. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reboot
  • When the copy is complete, restart the computer and reboot in safe mode.
  • Artificial intelligence needs a reboot, say experts.
  • Artificial intelligence needs a reboot, say experts.
  • We have to reboot expectations, and everything will be fine.
  • When that happens with a computer, the solution is to reboot it.
  • But, with outsourcing and the financial implosion, the capital base necessary to rebuild and reboot the economy is now lacking.
  • Paradoxically, the disaster may prove to be a unique chance for an architectural and communications reboot of an entire country.
  • If you clean things up, reset the home page and reboot, the hijack happens again.
  • In these cases, manufacturers themselves must reboot by changing the offending sound slightly or replacing it entirely.
  • If anyone is logged into the system, they will be prompted to reboot every hour, but never forcible rebooted.
British Dictionary definitions for reboot


to shut down and restart (a computer system) or (of a computer system) to shut down and restart
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Word Origin and History for reboot

1981, from re- + boot (v.) in the computer sense. Related: Rebooted; rebooting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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reboot in Culture

reboot definition

A term that comes from computer usage. To reboot a computer is to start it up again after a computer crash. Hence, “reboot” has the connotation of starting a process over again.

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reboot in Technology

operating system
(From boot) A boot with the implication that the computer has not been down for long, or that the boot is a bounce intended to clear some state of wedgitude.
See warm boot.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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