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Definition 1: the embedded part of a bodily structure such as a tooth, nail, or hair - [noun denoting body]

(root is a kind of ...) a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing and its construction and arrangement

"he has good bone structure"

(root is a part of ...) a specialized bony substance covering the root of a tooth

(... is part of root) a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss

"he combed his hair" "each hair consists of layers of dead keratinized cells"

(... is part of root) hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense

(... is part of root) horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits

Definition 2: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where root or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • thematic vowels are part of the stem

Synonyms for root in the sense of this definition

(root is a kind of ...) the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something

"the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"

(root belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 3: a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for root in the sense of this definition

(root is a kind of ...) the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something

"the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"

Definition 4: the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for root in the sense of this definition

(root is a kind of ...) (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols

"the set of prime numbers is infinite"

Definition 5: the place where something begins, where it springs into being - [noun denoting location]

Samples where root or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for root in the sense of this definition

(root is a kind of ...) the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

"she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"

(... is a kind of root ) the beginning of a trail

(... is a kind of root ) a concentrated source (especially of radiation or pollution) that is spatially constricted

(... is a kind of root ) place where something began and flourished

"the United States is the home of basketball"

(... is a kind of root ) where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence

"the birthplace of civilization"

(... is a kind of root ) a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched

"one day when I was at a suitable jumping-off place I decided to see if I could find him" "my point of departure was San Francisco"

(... is a kind of root ) the source of water for a well

(... is a kind of root ) the source of a river

"the headwaters of the Nile"

(... is a kind of root ) the source of water from which a stream arises

"they tracked him back toward the head of the stream"

(... is a kind of root ) a point at which water issues forth

(... is a kind of root ) the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)

"he prefers shoes of Italian derivation" "music of Turkish derivation"

Definition 6: someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for root in the sense of this definition

(root is a kind of ...) a person related by blood or marriage

"police are searching for relatives of the deceased" "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"

(... is a kind of root ) a woman ancestor

(... is a kind of root ) a person from whom you are descended

(... is a kind of root ) the founder of a family

"keep the faith of our forefathers"

(... is a kind of root ) a woman ancestor

(... is a kind of root ) an ancestor in the direct line

Definition 7: (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 - [noun denoting plant]

(root is a kind of ...) a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus

(... is a kind of root ) the root of the mandrake plant; used medicinally or as a narcotic

(... is a kind of root ) dried root of two plants of the genus Polygala containing an irritating saponin

(... is a kind of root ) a root that grows from and supports the stem above the ground in plants such as mangroves

(... is a kind of root ) cassava root eaten as a staple food after drying and leaching; source of tapioca

(... is a kind of root ) deep orange edible root of the cultivated carrot plant

(... is a kind of root ) the whitish root of cultivated parsnip

(... is a kind of root ) small root or division of a root

(... is a kind of root ) an air-filled root (submerged or exposed) that can function as a respiratory organ of a marsh or swamp plant

(... is a kind of root ) (botany) main root of a plant growing straight downward from the stem

(... is a kind of root ) root of licorice used in flavoring e.g. candy and liqueurs and medicines

(... is a kind of root ) dried root of any of various plants of the genus Smilax used as a flavoring agent

(... is a kind of root ) fragrant rootstock of various irises especially Florentine iris; used in perfumes and medicines

(... is a kind of root ) the aromatic root of the sweet flag used medicinally

(... is a kind of root ) edible starchy tuberous root of taro plants

(... is a kind of root ) aromatic root of ginseng plants

(... is a kind of root ) the root of the horseradish plant; it is grated or ground and used for seasoning

(... is a kind of root ) pungent edible root of any of various cultivated radish plants

(... is a kind of root ) the dried root of the chicory plant: used as a coffee substitute

(... is a kind of root ) edible root of the salsify plant

(... is a kind of root ) thick edible rootstock of elephant's-foot

(... is a kind of root ) hard woody root of the briar Erica arborea

(... is a kind of root ) root growing in an unusual location e.g. from a stem

(root is a part of ...) thin hairlike outgrowth of an epidermal cell just behind the tip; absorbs nutrients from the soil

(root is a part of ...) thimble-shaped mass of cells covering and protecting the growing tip of a root

(root is a part of ...) tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants

(... is part of root) a developed system of roots

(root is made of the substance ...) the primary tissue of higher plants composed of thin-walled cells that remain capable of cell division even when mature; constitutes the greater part of leaves, roots, the pulp of fruits, and the pith of stems

(root belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies plants

Definition 8: a number that, when multiplied by itself some number of times, equals a given number - [noun denoting quantity]

(root is a kind of ...) a concept of quantity involving zero and units

"every number has a unique position in the sequence"

(... is a kind of root ) a number that when multiplied by itself equals a given number

(... is a kind of root ) a number that when multiplied three times equals a given number

Definition 9: take root and begin to grow - [verb of change]

Samples where root or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this plant roots quickly

(root is a kind of ...) become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

"The problem grew too large for me" "Her business grew fast"

(root has a similar meaning as ...) cause to take roots

Definition 10: cause to take roots - [verb of change]

(root is a kind of ...) cause to grow or develop

"He grows vegetables in his backyard"

(root has a similar meaning as ...) take root and begin to grow

"this plant roots quickly"

Definition 11: become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style - [verb of change]

Samples where root or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He finally settled down

Synonyms for root in the sense of this definition

(root is a kind of ...) become stable or more stable

"The economy stabilized"

(... is a kind of root ) settle down or stay, as if on a roost

Definition 12: dig with the snout - [verb of contact]

Samples where root or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the pig was rooting for truffles

Synonyms for root in the sense of this definition

(root is a kind of ...) turn up, loosen, or remove earth

"Dig we must" "turn over the soil for aeration"

Definition 13: plant by the roots - [verb of contact]

(root is a kind of ...) put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground

"Let's plant flowers in the garden"

Samples where root or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She roots for the Broncos

(root is a kind of ...) give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

"She supported him during the illness" "Her children always backed her up"

Definition 15: come into existence, originate - [verb of stative]

Samples where root or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The problem roots in her depression

(root is a kind of ...) come into existence

"What becomes has duration"

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