A boot is the kind of shoe that can rise as high as your knee, like riding boots, or just up to your ankle, like silver-studded Beatle boots. To boot means to kick something (with or without the fancy footwear).

Like most fashionable things, the word boot comes from the Old French bote. It used to refer only to riding boots, but now any big ol’ high-rise shoe kind of thing is a boot. Since boots are for feet, when you boot someone, you kick them. If you give someone the boot, you’re kicking him out. A totally different type of booting involves starting up an operating system on a computer.

Primary Meanings of boot

footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
kick; give a boot to
cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes
British term for the luggage compartment in a car
Full Definitions of boot

n footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg

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buskin, combat boot, desert boot, half boot, top boot
a boot reaching halfway up to the knee
cowboy boot
a boot with a high arch and fancy stitching; worn by American cowboys
Hessian boot, Wellington, Wellington boot, hessian, jackboot
(19th century) a man's high tasseled boot
hip boot, thigh boot
a very high boot; used especially for fishing
riding boot
a boot without laces that is worn for riding horses; part of a riding habit
gum boot, rubber boot
a high boot made of rubber
ski boot
a stiff boot that is fastened to a ski with a ski binding
jodhpur, jodhpur boot, jodhpur shoe
a short riding boot that fastens with a buckle at the side
waterproof hip boots (sometimes extending to the chest) worn by anglers
Type of:
footgear, footwear
covering for a person's feet

n protective casing for something that resembles a leg

Type of:
case, casing, shell
the housing or outer covering of something

n an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg

iron boot, iron heel, the boot
Type of:
instrument of torture
an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person

n a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed

Type of:
torture, torturing
the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason

n the act of delivering a blow with the foot

kick, kicking
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(association football) a kick by the defending side after the attacking side sends the ball over the goal-line
(rugby) an attempt to kick a goal
punt, punting
(football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground
place kick, place-kicking
(sports) a kick in which the ball is placed on the ground before kicking
(football) kicking (as for a field goal) in which the football is dropped and kicked as it touches the ground
free kick
(soccer) a place kick that is allowed for a foul or infringement by the other team
(football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
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a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

n the swift release of a store of affective force

“what a boot!”
bang, charge, flush, kick, rush, thrill
Type of:
excitement, exhilaration
the feeling of lively and cheerful joy

v kick; give a boot to

Type of:
strike with the foot

v cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes

boot your computer”
bring up, reboot
Type of:
resuscitate, revive
cause to regain consciousness

n British term for the luggage compartment in a car

Type of:
automobile trunk, luggage compartment, trunk
compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools

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