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bootstrap

boot·strap

bootstrap

pronunciation:
but straep
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb
phrases:
pull oneself up by one's own bootstraps
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a loop attached to the rear or to each side of a boot top, by which the boot is pulled on.
definition 2: a single computer program that loads and puts into operation a bigger program.
phrase: pull oneself up by one's own bootstraps
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: done or accomplished without outside help or abundant resources.
definition 2: being or pertaining to a self-initiating or self-sustained computer program.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bootstrapped, bootstrapping, bootstraps
definition: to put a computer program into operation; boot.