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.

Definitions of boot
  1. noun
    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
  2. noun
    protective casing for something that resembles a leg
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    type of:
    case, casing, shell
    the housing or outer covering of something
  3. noun
    an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg
    synonyms: iron boot, iron heel, the boot
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    type of:
    instrument of torture
    an instrument of punishment designed and used to inflict torture on the condemned person
  4. noun
    a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed
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    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
  5. noun
    the act of delivering a blow with the foot
    synonyms: 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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    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  6. noun
    the swift release of a store of affective force
    “what a boot!”
    synonyms: bang, charge, flush, kick, rush, thrill
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    excitement, exhilaration
    the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
  7. verb
    kick; give a boot to
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    type of:
    strike with the foot
  8. verb
    cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes
    boot your computer”
    synonyms: bring up, reboot
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    type of:
    resuscitate, revive
    cause to regain consciousness
  9. noun
    British term for the luggage compartment in a car
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    automobile trunk, luggage compartment, trunk
    compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools
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