Definition and Meanings for root

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Root is ranked 4,200 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of root

intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun, adjective, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of root

as. wr; akin to wr a snout, trunk, d. wroeten to root, g. r snout, trunk, proboscis, icel. r to root, and perhaps to l. rodere to gnaw (e. rodent) or to e. root, n icel. r (for vr); akin to e. wort, and perhaps to root to turn up the earth. see wort cf. rout to roar

Meaning of root


as intransitive verb

  • to turn up the earth with the snout, as swine.
  • hence, to seek for favor or advancement by low arts or groveling servility; to fawn servilely.

as transitive verb

  • to turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth.

as noun

  • the underground portion of a plant, whether a true root or a tuber, a bulb or rootstock, as in the potato, the onion, or the sweet flag.;the descending, and commonly branching, axis of a plant, increasing in length by growth at its extremity only, not divided into joints, leafless and without buds, and having for its offices to fix the plant in the earth, to supply it with moisture and soluble matters, and sometimes to serve as a reservoir of nutriment for future growth. a true root, however, may never reach the ground, but may be attached to a wall, etc., as in the ivy, or may hang loosely in the air, as in some epiphytic orchids.
  • an edible or esculent root, especially of such plants as produce a single root, as the beet, carrot, etc.; as, the root crop.
  • that which resembles a root in position or function, esp. as a source of nourishment or support; that from which anything proceeds as if by growth or development; as, the root of a tooth, a nail, a cancer, and the like.;an ancestor or progenitor; and hence, an early race; a stem.
  • a primitive form of speech; one of the earliest terms employed in language; a word from which other words are formed; a radix, or radical.;the cause or occasion by which anything is brought about; the source.
  • that factor of a quantity which when multiplied into itself will produce that quantity; thus, 3 is a root of 9, because 3 multiplied into itself produces 9; 3 is the cube root of 27.;the fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed.
  • the lowest place, position, or part.
  • the time which to reckon in making calculations.

as noun, adjective


    as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

    • to fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.
    • to be firmly fixed; to be established.

    as intransitive verb

    • to shout for, or otherwise noisly applaud or encourage, a contestant, as in sports; hence, to wish earnestly for the success of some one or the happening of some event, with the superstitious notion that this action may have efficacy; -- usually with for; as, the crowd rooted for the home team.

    as transitive verb

    • to plant and fix deeply in the earth, or as in the earth; to implant firmly; hence, to make deep or radical; to establish; -- used chiefly in the participle; as, rooted trees or forests; rooted dislike.
    • to tear up by the root; to eradicate; to extirpate; -- with up, out, or away.
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