from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A system or growth of roots.
  • noun Origin or establishment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of striking root; the growth or fixture of roots; the hold obtained by means of a root or roots.
  • noun Extirpation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun fixedness by or as if by roots
  • noun the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  • noun a developed system of roots


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  • This was to give the peas deep rootage, which is a point necessary for the quick and stable growth of this vegetable.

    Hiram the Young Farmer Burbank L. Todd

  • It had a pointed roof of some rough material, dull under the sun, and gave rootage in places to vines, even a small tree.

    Galactic Derelict Norton, Andre 1959

  • After such fashion and with thorough rootage in country life must the minister of today turn to spiritual account the wealth-producing methods of farming.

    The Minister and the Boy A Handbook for Churchmen Engaged in Boys' Work Allan Hoben

  • This morainial deposit which offered rootage for the trees and bushes was but a narrow streak -- a sort of an island on the glacier.

    On a Torn-Away World Or, the Captives of the Great Earthquake Roy Rockwood

  • They have left their homes, they have left their kindred, they have broken all the nearest and dearest ties of human life in order to come to a new land, take a new rootage, begin a new life, and so by self-sacrifice express their confidence in a new principle; whereas, it cost us none of these things.

    America First Patriotic Readings Jasper Leonidas McBrien

  • By this trained personality -- the heart that has been led to live with Christ awhile, and then go forth in his name and filled with his love to the hearts that have place for that love and rootage for that life -- this wonderful product of our Christian civilization has everywhere been produced.

    The American Missionary — Volume 43, No. 12, December, 1889 Various

  • Springing from the twin rootage of Magna Charta and the Declaration of Independence, his judicial statesmanship finds no parallel in the salient features of its achievement outside our own annals.

    John Marshall and the Constitution; a chronicle of the Supreme court Edward Samuel Corwin 1920

  • In its occupations the island was as prosaic as Cape Cod, and lacked the far-reaching consciousness of the great world which is the possession of every populated sand-bar in the Western world; but it was enveloped in an atmosphere in which the edges of things were lost in a sense of their rootage in poetic relations, and of interrelations so elusive and immaterial that a delicate but persistent charm exhaled from them.

    Theocritus on Cape Cod 1914

  • Yet it must be observed that even the stablest of them are essentially the creatures of the political leaders and that at no time have they exhibited the broadly national rootage of political parties in other states of western Europe.

    The Governments of Europe Frederic Austin Ogg 1914

  • Its flatiron-shaped pebble-beach jutted out from the lake's west shore and was covered with fine old forest trees garlanded with vines; and from their graveled rootage there gurgled a limpid spring of sweet waters.

    James Fenimore Cooper Phillips, Mary E 1912


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