boo sting


verb (used with object)
to lift or raise by pushing from behind or below.
to advance or aid by speaking well of; promote: She always boosts her hometown.
to increase; raise: to boost prices; to boost the horsepower of the car by 20 percent.
Slang. to steal, especially to shoplift: Two typewriters were boosted from the office last night.
verb (used without object)
Slang. to engage in stealing, especially shoplifting.
an upward shove or raise; lift.
an increase; rise: There's been a tremendous boost in food prices.
an act, remark, or the like, that helps one's progress, morale, efforts, etc.: His pep talk was the boost our team needed.

1805–15, Americanism; perhaps Scots dialect boose (variant of pouss push) + (hoi)st

7. hike, growth, upsurge, upswing, uptick. Unabridged
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boost (buːst)
1.  encouragement, improvement, or help: a boost to morale
2.  an upward thrust or push: he gave him a boost over the wall
3.  an increase or rise: a boost in salary
4.  a publicity campaign; promotion
5.  the amount by which the induction pressure of a supercharged internal-combustion engine exceeds that of the ambient pressure
6.  to encourage, assist, or improve: to boost morale
7.  to lift by giving a push from below or behind
8.  to increase or raise: to boost the voltage in an electrical circuit
9.  to cause to rise; increase: to boost sales
10.  to advertise on a big scale
11.  to increase the induction pressure of (an internal-combustion engine) above that of the ambient pressure; supercharge
[C19: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

1815 (v.), 1825 (n.), Amer.Eng., of unknown origin.
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Science Dictionary
boost   (bst)  Pronunciation Key 
A linear map from one reference frame to another in which each coordinate is increased or decreased by an independent constant or linear function. A boost corresponds to a shift of the entire coordinate system without any rotation of its axes.
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