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Root appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Red root put up to order.
  • Sex of rats too rote to root star foxes.
  • To order cassettes, sack cassettes’ sacred root.
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Definition of the noun root

What does root mean as a name of something?

Root is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: roots

  1. (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
    • domain: botany / phytology
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic term: plant organ = a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
    • more specific terms:
      • calamus = the aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally
      • cocoyam / dasheen / eddo / taro = edible starchy tuberous root of taro plants
      • ginseng = aromatic root of ginseng plants
      • horseradish root / horseradish = the root of the horseradish plant
      • radish = pungent edible root of any of various cultivated radish plants
      • chicory root / chicory = the dried root of the chicory plant: used as a coffee substitute
      • oyster plant / salsify = edible root of the salsify plant
      • Hottentot's bread / Hottentot bread = thick edible rootstock of elephant's-foot
      • briarroot = hard woody root of the briar Erica arborea
      • orrisroot / orris = fragrant rootstock of various irises especially Florentine iris
      • sarsaparilla root = dried root of any of various plants of the genus Smilax used as a flavoring agent
      • licorice root = root of licorice used in flavoring e.g. candy and liqueurs and medicines
      • senega = dried root of two plants of the genus Polygala containing an irritating saponin
      • mandrake root / mandrake = the root of the mandrake plant
      • cassava / manioc = cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leaching
      • carrot = deep orange edible root of the cultivated carrot plant
      • parsnip = the whitish root of cultivated parsnip
      • pneumatophore = an air-filled root (submerged or exposed) that can function as a respiratory organ of a marsh or swamp plant
      • taproot = main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem
      • adventitious root = root growing in an unusual location e.g. from a stem
      • rootlet = small root or division of a root
      • prop root = a root that grows from and supports the stem above the ground in plants such as mangroves
    • part of: root system / rootage = a developed system of roots
    • parts:
      • root cap = thimble-shaped mass of cells covering and protecting the growing tip of a root
      • root hair = thin hairlike outgrowth of an epidermal cell just behind the tip
      • bark = tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
    • substance: parenchyma = the primary tissue of higher plants composed of thin-walled cells that remain capable of cell division even when mature
  2. the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  3. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
  4. a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic word: number = a concept of quantity involving zero and units
    • more specific terms:
      • square root = a number that when multiplied by itself equals a given number
      • cube root = a number that when multiplied three times equals a given number
  5. the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of root: solution
    • more generic word: set = an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
  6. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
  7. a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
  8. the embedded part of a bodily structure such as a tooth, nail, or hair
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic terms: anatomical structure / bodily structure / body structure / complex body part / structure = a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing and its construction and arrangement
    • part of: hair = a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures; tooth = hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; nail = horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
    • part: cementum / cement = a specialized bony substance covering the root of a tooth

Alternative definition of the noun root


  1. The part of a plant, generally underground, that absorbs water and nutrients. thumb, Some 'roots' (2)
  2. The part of a tooth extending into the bone holding the tooth in place.
  3. The part of a hair under the skin that holds the hair in place.
  4. The part of a hair near the skin that has not been dyed, permed, or otherwise treated.
  5. The primary source.
  6. [arithmetic] Of a number or expression, a number which, when raised to a specified power, yields the specified number or expression.
  7. [arithmetic] A square root (understood if no power is specified; in which case, “the root of” is often abbreviated to “root”).
  8. [analysis] A zero (of a function).
  9. [context: graph theory, computing] The single node of a tree that has no parent.
  10. [linguistic morphology] The primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. Inflectional stems often derive from roots.
  11. [context: philology] A word from which another word or words are derived.
  12. [computing] In UNIX terminology, the first user account with complete access to the operating system and its configuration, found at the root of the directory structure.
  13. [computing] The person who manages accounts on a UNIX system.
  14. [computing] The highest directory of a directory structure which may contain both files and subdirectories. In PC-based systems the number of entries in a root directory may be limited whereas the number entries in subdirectories is unlimited. [rfex]
  15. [Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang] An act of sexual intercourse.
  16. [Australia, New Zealand coarse slang] An act of sexual intercourse.
  17. [Australia, New Zealand coarse slang] A sexual partner.

Definition of the verb root

What does root mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: rooted | rooting | roots

  1. take root and begin to grow
    • example: this plant roots quickly
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: grow = become larger, greater, or bigger
  2. come into existence, originate
    • example: The problem roots in her depression
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: become = come into existence
  3. cheer for
    • example: She roots for the Broncos
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: back up / support = give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to
  4. plant by the roots
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] over / through / into [Location]He pawed over the documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]He rummaged through the door for the ball

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): bore, burrow, delve, forage, fumble, grope, leaf, listen, look, page, paw, poke, rifle, rummage, scrabble, scratch, snoop, thumb, tunnel.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: plant / set = put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
  5. dig with the snout
    • example: the pig was rooting for truffles
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of root: rootle / rout
    • more generic terms: cut into / delve / dig / turn over = turn up, loosen, or remove earth
  6. become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style
  7. cause to take roots
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: grow = cause to grow or develop

Alternative definition of the verb root


  1. To rummage, to search as if by digging in soil, to root out.
  2. [US] To cheer to show support for a sports team, etc.
  3. [Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang] To have sexual intercourse.


  1. Root are a Czech black metal band.
  2. Root a.k.a. ROOT! was an Australian rock group from Melbourne formed in 2004. Their music combines alt-country, blues and indie rock with elements of spoken word, satire, social commentary and post-modernism. They have gained attention through a band member being a former member of Melbourne band TISM.
  3. Root is a musical group.
    • album: "Personality Disorder"

There are other groups with in their name, like Blue Root, Love Root, Siena Root, Root Doctor, Root Valdez, Root'System, Rusted Root, Sativa Root, Seed & Root, Root Rockers, Root'Secours, Mandrake Root and Nils Wogram & Root 70.


  1. "Root" was a multimedia project based around 25 one minute guitar pieces improvised by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. These samples were sent out to around 100 people - both visual artists as well as musicians - in Hoover bags to remix or create accompanying artwork for. The results were then released on CD, as a limited edition CD in a numbered hoover bag, as a 5 piece vinyl box set, and as an exhibition which featured work by Angela Bulloch, David Bowie, Gavin Turk and many others.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  2. "Root" is a composition.
  3. "ROOT" is a musical album of SURFACE.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  4. "Root" is a musical EP of A Major Triad.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  5. "Root" is a musical album of By the Tree.
    • released on (12 years ago)


"Root" is a book by Edna Root.

  • also known as "Root. [Exhibition held at the] La Jolla Museum of Art, July 18-Aug. 24, 1969"


  1. "Root" is a 2013 drama film written and directed by Matías Rojas Valencia.
  2. "Root" is a 2012 short horror drama film written and directed by Caleb Johnson.
  3. "Root" a.k.a. "Beru: The Root": Beru is a 2005 Indian Kannada language satirical film directed by P. Sheshadri starring Suchendra Prasad, H. G. Dattatreya, Neeta and M. P. Venkatarao in the lead roles.


  1. Root a.k.a. "Root": "Root" is a fictional character from the TV series Person of Interest.
    • also known as Root aka Robin, Caroline Turing, Samantha "Sam" Groves
  2. Root is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Tom Root, Elihu Root, Enoch Root and Root Beer Tapper.


Root is a Japanese visual novel studio under the publishing company Orbit founded in 2000. Root's titles are eroge that contain erotic scenes. It was closed in March 2010 following the earthquake, along with the rest of Orbit brands.


Root is a town in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The population was 1,715 at the 2010 census.


  1. Root: A root, or root word, is a word that does not have a prefix or a suffix. The root word is the primary lexical unit of a word, and of a word family, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents.
    • also known as 词根
  2. root a.k.a. Radix: In mathematical numeral systems, the radix or base is the number of unique digits, including zero, used to represent numbers in a positional numeral system. For example, for the decimal system the radix is ten, because it uses the ten digits from 0 through 9.
  3. ROOT is an object-oriented program and library developed by CERN. It was originally designed for particle physics data analysis and contains several features specific to this field, but it is also used in other applications such as astronomy and data mining.
    • genre: Data analysis
    • license: GNU Lesser General Public License, GNU General Public License
    • official website:
  4. Root: In music theory, the root of a chord is the note on which a chord is built. For example, a three-note triad using C as a root would be C-E-G. Conventionally, the name of the root note denotes the chord. Thus, a major chord built upon C is called a C major chord. The root is often confused with the tonic, which is the reference note of a scale, rather than that of a chord.
  5. Root a.k.a. Zero of a function: In mathematics, a zero, also sometimes called a root, of a real-, complex- or generally vector-valued function ƒ is a member x of the domain of ƒ such that ƒ vanishes at, that is, In other words, a "zero" of a function ƒ is a value for x that produces a result of zero. For example, consider the function ƒ defined by the formula ƒ has a root at 3 because If the function maps real numbers to real numbers, its zeros are the x-coordinates of the points where its graph meets the x-axis.
  6. The Root mansion is one of the Twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese constellations. It is one of the eastern mansions of the Azure Dragon.
  7. Root a.k.a. .root: root is the name of a database record of the root zone in the Domain Name System of the Internet that was occasionally used as a diagnostic marker. Its presence demonstrated the root zone was not truncated upon loading by a root nameserver.
  8. Root is a family name.
  9. Root: The part of a tooth below the neck of the tooth which is covered by cementum.

Phrases with Root

Phrases starting with the word Root:

  1. root on
  2. Root Up
  3. root cap
  4. root for
  5. root out
  6. root rot
  7. root beer
  8. root crop
  9. root hair
  10. Root Noun
  11. root vole
  12. root word

Phrases ending with the word Root:

  1. ague root
  2. cube root
  3. Deer-Root
  4. prop root
  5. rose-root
  6. take root
  7. taro root
  8. Took Root

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Root

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Google previewAn Antebellum Plantation Household (2006)

Including the South Carolina Low Country Receipts and Remedies of Emily Wharton Sinkler by Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq

The Butterfly Weed or Pleurisy Root is a very common plant in South Carolina, growing in old fields and along the borders of meadows. Its brilliant clusters...

The root is the part used and is an excellent expectorant and diaphoric. Puccoon or ...

Google previewIntelligent Databases (2007)

Technologies and Applications by Zongmin Ma

root is the root element of the XML fragment describing the operator application , xsd is the XML-schema definition that defines the XML...

Google previewThe Family Doctor (1890)

A Cyclopaedia of Domestic Medicine and Hygiene by Timothy Newell

The root is the part used in medicine. It is a valuable stimulant and tonic, acting particularly on the skin, kidneys, and uterus ; it also acts as a sedative upon the nervous system. Large doses produce vomiting, vertigo, and impaired vision, and ...

Google previewLogic Programming (1995)

Proceedings of the 1995 International Symposium by John Lloyd

The clause derivation skeleton induced by D is the partially ordered labelled tree such that: - its root is a unary...

Google previewWhat Can I Do with My Herbs? (2009)

How to Grow, Use, and Enjoy These Versatile Plants by Judy Barrett, Victor Z. Martin

Although both root and leaf are used, the root is the most powerful part of the plant and is widely used for many purposes. The Germans and Danes began using horseradish to create a pungent fish sauce in the 1500s. Once it spread to Britain ...

Google previewDiscrete Structures (2010)

by Satinder Bal Gupta, C. P. Gandhi

The root is an ancestor of every other node in the tree. (h) Descendent. A node is called...

The subtree whose root is the right child of some node is called the ~ right subtree of that node. (k) Level of a Node. The level of a node is its distance ...

Google previewThe New Business Arithmetic (1912)

A Treatise on Commercial Calculations by James A. Lyons

A Root is the number which is multiplied by itself a given number of times to produce a given power. 484. Evolution...

Google previewService-Oriented Computing (2010)

8th International Conference, ICSOC 2010, San Francisco, CA, USA, December 7-10, 2010. Proceedings by Paul P. Maglio, Mathias Weske, Jian Yang, Marcelo Fantinato

The second phase involves reducing the JPST by finding the delta root. The delta root is the least common uncustomized ancestor of all ...

Google previewEasy Introduction to Mathematics (1814)

by Charles Butler

the cube root is the first of two mean proportionals between unity and the given number ; the biquadrate root is the first of three mean proportionals between unity and the given number; and in general, if between unity and any power there ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

The root. Diuretic. A syrup and oxymel. Colocynthis. Cucumis colorynthis. Coloquintida, or bitter apple. Medullary part of the dried fruit. Violently cathartic. An ingredient in some pills and extracts. Columbo. Ignatia amara. Colomba. The root.

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis].

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Acorus calamus Root .... Sweet flag . . Yellow. 2. Myrtus pimcnta Fruit .... Jamaica pepper . Yellow. 4.

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Quotes about Root

Spirit of woman is dearer to sons
Than to daughters; sons feel great
Women are root systems and men
A root will not weep for the root of the

26.06.2004 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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