(noun, verb)


1. a strap that is looped and sewn to the top of a boot for pulling it on

Definition categories: man–made, strap

Sentences with bootstrap as a noun:

- He used his business experience as a bootstrap to win voters.


1. help oneself, often through improvised means

Definition categories: social, aid, assist, help

Sentences with bootstrap as a verb:

- Sam spent years bootstrapping himself through college.

- Bootstrapping means building the GNU C Library, GNU Compiler Collection and several other key system programs.[1]