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bootstrap


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bootstrap 
  n  :  a  strap  that  is  looped  and  sewn  to  the  top  of  a  boot  for 
  pulling  it  on 
  v  :  help  oneself,  often  through  improvised  means 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  bootstrap 
 
  1.    (From  "to  pull  oneself  up  by  one's 
  bootstraps")  To  load  and  initialise  the  {operating  system}  on 
  a  computer.  Normally  abbreviated  to  "{boot}". 
 
  See  {bootstrap  loader}. 
 
  2.    (From  "to  pull  oneself  up  by  one's  bootstraps") 
  to  use  a  {compiler}  to  compile  itself 
 
  The  usual  process  is  to  write  an  {interpreter}  for  a  language, 
  L,  in  an  existing  language,  M.  The  compiler  is  then  written 
  in  L  and  the  interpreter  is  used  to  run  it  This  produces  an 
  {executable}  for  compiling  programs  in  L  from  the  source  of 
  the  compiler  in  L. 
 
  This  technique  is  often  used  to  verify  the  correctness  of  a 
  compiler.  It  was  first  used  in  the  {LISP}  community. 
 
  See  also  {my  favourite  toy  language}. 
 
  (27  November  1995) 
 
 




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