Root Root (r[=oo]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rooted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Rooting.]
1. To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take
root and begin to grow.
In deep grounds the weeds root deeper. -Mortimer.
2. To be firmly fixed; to be established.
If any irregularity chanced to intervene and to
cause misappehensions, he gave them not leave to
root and fasten by concealment. -Bp. Fell.
Rooted Root"ed, a. Having taken root; firmly implanted; fixed in the heart. ``A rooted sorrow.' -Shak. - Root"*ed*ly, adv. - Root"ed*ness, n.
Root Root, v. i. [AS. wr[=o]tan; akin to wr[=o]t a snout, trunk, D. wroeten to root, G. r["u]ssel snout, trunk, proboscis, Icel. r[=o]ta to root, and perhaps to L. rodere to gnaw (E. rodent) or to E. root, n.] 1. To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine. 2. Hence, to seek for favor or advancement by low arts or groveling servility; to fawn servilely.
Root Root, v. t. To turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth.
Root Root, n. [Icel. r[=o]t (for vr[=o]t); akin to E. wort, and perhaps to root to turn up the earth. See Wort.] 1. (Bot.) (a) The underground portion of a plant, whether a true root or a tuber, a bulb or rootstock, as in the potato, the onion, or the sweet flag. (b) The descending, and commonly branching, axis of a plant, increasing in length by growth at its extremity only, not divided into joints, leafless and without buds, and having for its offices to fix the plant in the earth, to supply it with moisture and soluble matters, and sometimes to serve as a reservoir of nutriment for future growth. A true root, however, may never reach the ground, but may be attached to a wall, etc., as in the ivy, or may hang loosely in the air, as in some epiphytic orchids.
Root Root (r[=oo]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rooted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rooting.] 1. To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow. In deep grounds the weeds root deeper. -Mortimer. 2. To be firmly fixed; to be established. If any irregularity chanced to intervene and to cause misappehensions, he gave them not leave to root and fasten by concealment. -Bp. Fell.
Root Root, v. t. 1. To plant and fix deeply in the earth, or as in the earth; to implant firmly; hence, to make deep or radical; to establish; - used chiefly in the participle; as, rooted trees or forests; rooted dislike. 2. To tear up by the root; to eradicate; to extirpate; - with up, out, or away. ``I will go root away the noisome weeds.' -Shak. The Lord rooted them out of their land . . . and cast them into another land. -Deut. xxix. 28.
Root Root, v. i. [Cf. Rout to roar.] To shout for, or otherwise noisly applaud or encourage, a contestant, as in sports; hence, to wish earnestly for the success of some one or the happening of some event, with the superstitious notion that this action may have efficacy; - usually with for; as, the crowd rooted for the home team. [Slang or Cant, U. S.]
To take place, root, sides, stock, etc. See under Place, Root, Side, etc. To take the air. (a) (Falconry) To seek to escape by trying to rise higher than the falcon; - said of a bird. (b) See under Air. To take the field. (Mil.) See under Field. To take thought, to be concerned or anxious; to be solicitous. -Matt. vi. 25, 27. To take to heart. See under Heart. To take to task, to reprove; to censure.