I. noun Date: 1875 1. a looped strap sewed at the side or the rear top of a boot to help in pulling it on 2. plural unaided efforts — often used in the phrase by one's own bootstraps II. adjective Date: 1926 1. designed to function independently of outside direction ; capable of using one internal function or process to control another <
a bootstrap operation to load a computer
2. carried out with minimum resources or advantages ; self-reliant <
bootstrap efforts
III. transitive verb Date: 1951 to promote or develop by initiative and effort with little or no assistance <
bootstrapped herself to the top
bootstrapper noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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