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root

 
Noun root has 8 senses
  1. root - (botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground
    --1 is a kind of
    plant organ
    --1 is a part of rootage, root system
    --1 has part: root cap; root hair; bark
    --1 has substance: parenchyma
    --1 has particulars:
     calamus; taro, cocoyam, dasheen, eddo; ginseng; horseradish, horseradish root; radish; chicory, chicory root; salsify, oyster plant; Hottentot bread, Hottentot's bread; briarroot; orrisroot, orris; sarsaparilla root; licorice root; senega; mandrake root, mandrake; cassava, manioc; carrot; parsnip; pneumatophore; taproot; adventitious root; rootlet; prop root
    Derived forms: verb root3, verb root1
  2. root, root word, base, stem, theme, radical - (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
    --2 is a kind of form, word form, signifier, descriptor
  3. beginning, origin, root, rootage, source - the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"
    --3 is a kind of point
    --3 has particulars:
     derivation; spring; fountainhead, headspring, head; headwaters; wellhead, wellspring; jumping-off place, point of departure; birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance; home; point source; trail head, trailhead
    Derived form: verb root2
  4. root - a number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number
    --4 is a kind of
    number
    --4 has particulars: square root; cube root
  5. solution, root - the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
    --5 is a kind of set
  6. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
    --6 is a kind of relative, relation
    --6 has particulars:
     ancestress; forebear, forbear; forefather, father, sire; foremother; progenitor, primogenitor
  7. etymon, root - a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
    --7 is a kind of form, word form, signifier, descriptor
  8. root, tooth root - the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support
    --8 is a kind of structure, anatomical structure, complex body part, bodily structure, body structure
    --8 is a part of tooth
    --8 has parts: cementum, cement
Verb root has 7 senses
  1. root - take root and begin to grow; "this plant roots quickly"
    --1 is one way to
    grow
    Derived forms: noun root1, noun rooting1
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
  2. root - come into existence, originate; "The problem roots in her depression"
    --2 is one way to
    become
    Derived forms: noun root3, noun rootage3
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s
  3. root - plant by the roots
    --3 is one way to
    plant, set
    Derived form: noun root1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  4. rout, root, rootle - dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles"
    --4 is one way to dig, delve, cut into, turn over
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
  5. side, pull, root - take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for; "We all rooted for the home team"; "I'm pulling for the underdog"; "Are you siding with the defender of the title?"
    --5 is one way to back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s PP
  6. settle, root, take root, steady down, settle down - become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style; "He finally settled down"
    --6 is one way to stabilize, stabilise
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
  7. root - cause to take roots
    --7 is one way to
    grow
    Derived form: noun rooting1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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