from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Booty; plunder.
  • noun The taking of booty.
  • noun Advantage; service; avail.
  • noun Payment in addition or into the bargain.
  • noun Torture by means of the boot. See boot, n., 3.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Advantage; gain; gain by plunder; booty.
  • noun A kind of torture. See boot, n., 2.
  • noun United States A kicking, as with a booted foot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of boot.
  • noun A kicking, as with a booted foot.


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  • Applying a device (a boot) to a vehicle in order to make a vehicle undrivable until unpaid parking fees, etc are paid.

    See wheel clamp, wheel boot, parking boot, or Denver boot.

    A device designed to prevent vehicles from being moved. In its most common form, it consists of a clamp that surrounds a vehicle wheel, designed to prevent removal of both itself and the wheel.
    In the United States, the device became known as a "Denver boot" after the city of Denver, Colorado was the first in the country to employ them, mostly to force the payment of outstanding parking tickets.

    "A "booter" was shot while booting a vehicle, Department of Revenue Director Bea Reyna-Hickey said, directing further inquiries to police."

    May 4, 2016