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boot 1

1. A durable covering for the foot and part or much of the leg, usually made of leather, fabric, plastic, or rubber.
2. A protective covering, especially a sheath to enclose the base of a floor-mounted gear shift lever in a car or truck.
3. Chiefly British An automobile trunk.
a. A kick.
b. Slang An unceremonious dismissal, as from a job. Used with the.
c. Slang A swift, pleasurable feeling; a thrill.
5. A Denver boot.
6. A marine or navy recruit in basic training.
7. Computers The process of starting or restarting a computer.
8. boots An instrument of torture, used to crush the foot and leg.
tr.v. boot·ed, boot·ing, boots
1. To put boots on.
2. To kick: booted the ball into the goal.
3. Slang To discharge unceremoniously. See Synonyms at dismiss.
4. Computers To start (a computer) by loading an operating system from a disk.
5. To disable (a vehicle) by attaching a Denver boot.
6. Baseball To misplay (a ground ball).

[Middle English bote, from Old French.]

boot 2

intr.v. boot·ed, boot·ing, boots
To be of help or advantage; avail.
1. Chiefly Southern & Midland US See lagniappe.
2. Archaic Advantage; avail.
to boot
In addition; besides: The new cruise ship was not only the biggest in the world, but the fastest to boot.

[Middle English boten, to be of help, from Old English bōtian, from bōt, help; see bhad- in Indo-European roots.]


The process of setting up all of the operating programs of a computer, section by section until complete and ready to operate.
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(Bootup times are recorded on a second reboot so software update installations, if any, don't interfere with the results.) In addition, employees may be asked to record launch times for selected applications such as Excel, Outlook, and Word.
ASUS's choice of energy-efficient components such as an SSD and the latest Intel Core processor also contribute to the long battery life of the B9440, not to mention their impact on the laptop's speedy bootup and snappy performance.
The UI animations are speeded up, the bootup time is less than 15 seconds, and apps launch within fraction of a second.
The national nonprofit organization BootUp Professional Development trains teachers to teach important 21st-century skills through coding.
This utility provided as part of the Windows Sysinternals by the Microsoft gives the information about the programs which start running during system bootup or login and when you run various Windows applications.
The Startup Manager module now also offers a way to disable tasks scheduled in the Windows Task Manager for times other than PC bootup. BoostSpeed 8 is ready for Microsoft's new OS, tested to support Windows 10 Technical Preview edition.