|1.||[ noun ] (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|
|Related terms:||plant_organ licorice_root ginseng pneumatophore senega chicory salsify Hottentot_bread horseradish calamus radish taro mandrake_root prop_root cassava carrot parsnip sarsaparilla_root briarroot taproot adventitious_root orrisroot rootlet root_system bark root_cap root_hair parenchyma botany|
|2.||[ verb ] take root and begin to grow|
"this plant roots quickly"
|Related terms:||grow grow|
|3.||[ noun ] (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed|
|Synonyms:||stem base theme radical root_word|
"thematic vowels are part of the stem"
|Related terms:||form linguistics|
|4.||[ noun ] the place where something begins, where it springs into being|
|Synonyms:||source origin beginning rootage|
"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"
|Related terms:||point home headwaters derivation fountainhead birthplace spring trail_head point_source jumping-off_place wellhead|
|5.||[ noun ] (mathematics) a number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number|
|Related terms:||number square_root cube_root|
|6.||[ noun ] (mathematics) the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation|
|7.||[ verb ] become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style|
|Synonyms:||take_root settle_down settle steady_down|
"He finally settled down"
|Related terms:||stabilize roost|
|8.||[ verb ] dig with the snout|
"the pig was rooting for truffles"
|9.||[ verb ] cause to take roots|
|10.||[ adjective ] arising from or going to the root|
"a radical flaw in the plan"
|11.||[ verb ] take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for|
"We all rooted for the home team" "I'm pulling for the underdog" "Are you siding with the defender of the title?"
|Related terms:||back side|
|12.||[ verb ] come into existence, originate|
"The problem roots in her depression"
|Related terms:||become beginning|
|13.||[ noun ] someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote that a grandparent)|
|Synonyms:||ancestor antecedent ascendent ascendant|
|Related terms:||descendant relative forefather foremother progenitor forebear ancestress|
|14.||[ noun ] (linguistics) a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes|
|15.||[ verb ] plant by the roots|
|16.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1834|
|17.||[ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support|
|Related terms:||structure tooth cementum|