(Roost), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Roosted; p. pr. & vb. n. Roosting.]
1. To sit, rest, or sleep, as fowls on a pole, limb of a tree, etc.; to perch. Wordsworth.
2. Fig.; To lodge; to rest; to sleep.
O, let me where thy roof my soul hath hid,Herbert.
O, let me roost and nestle there.
(Roost"cock`) n. The male of the domestic fowl; a cock. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Roost"er) n. The male of the domestic fowl; a cock. [U.S.]
Nor, when they [the Skinners and Cow Boys] wrung the neck of a rooster, did they trouble their heads
whether he crowed for Congress or King George.W. Irving.
(Root) v. i. [AS. wrotan; akin to wrot a snout, trunk, D. wroeten to root, G. rüssel snout, trunk,
proboscis, Icel. rota 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), v. t. To turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth.
(Root), n. [Icel. rot (for vrot); akin to E. wort, and perhaps to root to turn up the earth. See
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.
2. An edible or esculent root, especially of such plants as produce a single root, as the beet, carrot,
etc.; as, the root crop.