1. a loop of leather or cloth sewn at the top rear, or sometimes on each side, of a boot to facilitate pulling it on.
2. a means of advancing oneself or accomplishing something: He used his business experience as a bootstrap to win voters.
3. relying entirely on one's efforts and resources: The business was a bootstrap operation for the first ten years.
4. self-generating or self-sustaining: a bootstrap process.
verb (used with object), boot·strapped, boot·strap·ping.
5. Computers. boot (defs 24, 28).
6. to help (oneself) without the aid of others: She spent years bootstrapping herself through college.
7. pull (oneself) up by (one's) bootstraps , to help oneself without the aid of others; use one's resources: I admire him for pulling himself up by his own bootstraps.
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Related Words for bootstrap
reset, reboot, load, start, restart
Origin: First recorded in 1890–95; boot + strap
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