American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having no roots.
- adj. Not belonging to a particular place or society: rootless refugees in a strange country.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having no root.
- In zoology, having a persistently open pulp-cavity and growing perennially, as the incisor teeth of rodents, and the molar teeth of many of these animals; not rooted so as to stop growing. See Rodentia.
- adj. Describing a plant (or by extension something else) that does not have roots.
- adj. A wanderer, someone who has no ties to a particular locale.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Destitute of roots.
- adj. wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community
“It doesn't seem like a mistake that Mike himself is apparently "rootless"--a traveler, wanderer, lone wolf--and it is women of a similar nomadic lifestyle who finally do him in.”
“They are called rootless and non-abiding, serenely stilled and stilled beyond, possessing natural clear light, having nothing to adopt or reject, and so forth.”
“But the geologist said the crack in the sandstone floor was "rootless," meaning it did not lead to a coal seam, and was not venting methane, Stricklin said.”
“Evans pioneered a way of opening up harmonies — his so-called "rootless" chords — that freed his bassists to interact above, below, in and around his piano playing.”
“The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has told an audience of theological students that both intensely liberal and ultra conservative readings of the Bible are 'rootless' and are limited in what they can contribute to the life of the Church.”
“Salad baba, then don't fall into some kind of rootless limbo instead.”
“Young Foundation, run by policy guru Geoff Mulgan, are addressing the charge that thinktanks are "rootless", by merging policy research and thinking with real world policy experimentation.”
“I believe the term "rootless" better describes the feeling than does the term”
“But many of these reports suffer from a kind of rootless celebrity-spotting instinct, and lack a frame that would place the First Couple's enthusiastic reception in a more meaningful context.”
“But the example of Hill Country makes me realize that a far better term than "rootless" is "many-rooted.”
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