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root
Part of Speech: noun
Results: 19
1. 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.
2. An edible or esculent root, especially of such plants as produce a single root, as the beet, carrot, etc.; as, the root crop.
3. 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.
4. An ancestor or progenitor; and hence, an early race; a stem.
5. 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.
7. 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.
8. The fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed.
9. The lowest place, position, or part.
10. The time which to reckon in making calculations.
11. 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.
Part of Speech: verb
1. To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine.
3. To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.
Part of Speech: verb transitive
1. To turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth.
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