AskDefine | Define bootstrap

Dictionary Definition

bootstrap n : a strap that is looped and sewn to the top of a boot for pulling it on v : help oneself, often through improvised means

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English

Etymology

boot + strap

Noun

  1. A loop of leather or other material sewn at the side or top rear of a boot to help in pulling the boot on.
  2. A means of advancing oneself or accomplishing something.
    He used his business experience as a bootstrap to win voters.
  3. The process by which the operating system of a computer is loaded into its memory
  4. The process necessary to compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.

Translations

a loop of leather or other material
a means of advancing oneself or accomplishing something
the process by which the operating system of a computer is loaded into its memory
the process necessary to compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program

Verb

  1. To help (oneself) without the aid of others.
    She spent years bootstrapping herself through college.
  2. to load the operating system into the memory of a computer. Usually shortened to boot.
  3. To compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program.
    Bootstrapping means building the GNU C Library, GNU Compiler Collection and several other key system programs.http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml?part=1&chap=6

Translations

to help (oneself) without the aid of others
to load the operating system
to compile the tools that will be used to compile the rest of the system or program

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Bootstrapping or Bootstrap may refer to:

See also

bootstrap in German: Bootstrapping
bootstrap in Spanish: Bootstrapping
bootstrap in Persian: بوت‌استرپینگ
bootstrap in French: Bootstrap
bootstrap in Korean: 부트스트랩
bootstrap in Italian: Bootstrap
bootstrap in Hebrew: Bootstrapping
bootstrap in Japanese: ブートストラップ
bootstrap in Polish: Bootstrap
bootstrap in Slovak: Bootstrap
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