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Overview of noun root

The noun root has 8 senses? (first 5 from tagged texts)
1. (11) 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)

2. (2) 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. (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")

4. (1) root

(a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number)

5. (1) solution, root

(the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation)

6. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root

(someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent))

7. etymon, root

(a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes)

8. root, tooth root

(the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support)


Overview of verb root

The verb root has 6 senses? (first 1 from tagged texts)
1. (2) root

(take root and begin to grow; "this plant roots quickly")

2. root

(come into existence, originate; "The problem roots in her depression")

3. root

(plant by the roots)

4. rout, root, rootle

(dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles")

5. 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. root

(cause to take roots)

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