a loop of leather or cloth sewn at the top rear, or sometimes on each side, of a boot
to facilitate pulling it on.
a means of advancing oneself or accomplishing something: He used his business experience as a bootstrap to win voters.
relying entirely on one's efforts and resources: The business was a bootstrap operation for the first ten years.
self-generating or self-sustaining: a bootstrap process.
verb (used with object), bootstrapped, bootstrapping.
Idioms 5. Computers. boot1 ( def 24 )
to help (oneself) without the aid of others: She spent years bootstrapping herself through college.
pull oneself up by one's bootstraps, to help oneself without the aid of others; use one's resources: I admire him for pulling himself up by his own bootstraps.