Definition of "root" []

  • The usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food. (noun)
  • Any of various other underground plant parts, especially an underground stem such as a rhizome, corm, or tuber. (noun)
  • The embedded part of an organ or structure such as a hair, tooth, or nerve, that serves as a base or support. (noun)
  • A base or support: We snipped the wires at the roots. (noun)
  • An essential part or element; the basic core: I finally got to the root of the problem. (noun)
  • The organ of a higher plant that anchors the rest of the plant in the ground, absorbs water and mineral salts from the soil, and does not bear leaves or buds (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (loosely) any of the branches of such an organ (noun)
  • Any plant part, such as a rhizome or tuber, that is similar to a root in structure, function, or appearance (noun)
  • The essential, fundamental, or primary part or nature of something (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The embedded portion of a tooth, nail, hair, etc (noun)
  • Origin or derivation, esp as a source of growth, vitality, or existence (noun)
  • A person's sense of belonging in a community, place, etc, esp the one in which he was born or brought up (noun)
  • An ancestor or antecedent (noun)
  • A descendant (noun)
  • The form of a word that remains after removal of all affixes; a morpheme with lexical meaning that is not further subdivisible into other morphemes with lexical meaning (noun)
  • A number or quantity that when multiplied by itself a certain number of times equals a given number or quantity (noun)
  • A number that when substituted for the variable satisfies a given equation (noun)
  • (in harmony) the note forming the foundation of a chord (noun)
  • Sexual intercourse (noun)
  • To put forth or establish a root and begin to grow (verb)
  • To become established, embedded, or effective (verb)
  • To fix or embed with or as if with a root or roots (verb)
  • To have sexual intercourse (with) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "root" in a sentence
  • "The one that drives me crazy is when I'm trying to change to a directory with only root access: [email protected]: ~$ cd / root [email protected]: / root$ cd. gconf bash: cd:. gconf: Permission denied [email protected]: / root$ sudo cd. gconf sudo: cd: command not found"
  • "# access the document root my $root = $xdoc - > root;"
  • "$self - > conf - > {root}; my $ fi le = fi le ($root, "static", $path); my $size = - s _; my $mtime ="