Bang vs Root - What's the difference?

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Bang is a synonym of root.

As nouns the difference between bang and root

is that bang is a sudden percussive noise or bang can be (in the plural) brucellosis, a bacterial disease while root is the part of a plant, generally underground, that absorbs water and nutrients or root can be (australia|new zealand|vulgar|slang) an act of sexual intercourse.

As verbs the difference between bang and root

is that bang is to make sudden loud noises, and often repeatedly, especially by exploding or hitting something while root is (computing|slang|transitive) to break into a computer system and obtain root access or root can be to turn up or dig with the snout or root can be (intransitive|with for|us) to cheer to show support for.

As a adverb bang

is , directly.

As a interjection bang

is a verbal emulation of a sudden percussive sound.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) .

Alternative forms

* (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A sudden percussive noise.
  • When he struck it with a hammer, there was a loud bang .
  • A strike upon an object causing such a noise.
  • An explosion.
  • (US, especially plural) A fringe of hair cut across the forehead.
  • Tiffany has long hair and bangs .
  • * W. D. Howells
  • his hair cut in front like a young lady's bang
  • *
  • (US) The symbol , known as an exclamation point.
  • An e-mail address with an ! is called a bang path.
  • (mathematics) A factorial, in mathematics, because the factorial of n is often written as n!
  • (figuratively) An act of sexual intercourse.
  • An offbeat figure typical of reggae songs and played on guitar and piano.
  • (slang, mining) An explosive product.
  • Load the bang into the hole.
  • (slang, US, Boston area) An abrupt left turn.
  • Synonyms
    * strike, blow * explosion * (hair cut) fringe, bangs * exclamation point, exclamation mark
    * (abrupt left turn) hang


    (en verb)
  • (label) To make sudden loud noises, and often repeatedly, especially by exploding or hitting something.
  • (label) To hit hard.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • The desperate tempest hath so banged the Turks.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Michael Arlen), title= “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days, chapter=3/19/2
  • , passage=Ivor had acquired more than a mile of fishing rights with the house?; he was not at all a good fisherman, but one must do something?; one generally, however, banged a ball with a squash-racket against a wall.}}
  • To engage in sexual intercourse.
  • *
  • * 1972 , (Mario Puzo) and (Francis Ford Coppola), (The Godfather) (film):
  • Moe Greene: He was banging cocktail waitresses two at a time!
  • (with "in") To hammer or to hit anything hard.
  • (label) To cut squarely across, as the tail of a horse, or a person's forelock; to cut (the hair).
  • * The Century Magazine
  • His hair banged even with his eyebrows.
    * nail


    (en adverb)
  • , directly.
  • The passenger door was bang against the garage wall.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=September 18 , author=Ben Dirs , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=After yet another missed penalty by Kvirikashvili from bang in front of the posts, England scored again, centre Tuilagi flying into the line and touching down under the bar.}}
  • Precisely.
  • ''He arrived bang on time.
  • With a sudden impact.
  • Distracted, he ran bang into the opening door.


    (en interjection)
  • a verbal emulation of a sudden percussive sound
  • He pointed his finger at her like a gun and said, "Bang !"

    Derived terms

    * (verb) banger, gangbang * (noun) bang for the buck, big bang * (adverb) bang on, bang out of order, bang to rights, bang up / bang-up

    Etymology 2

    Shortened from .


    (en noun)
  • (in the plural) Brucellosis, a bacterial disease
  • Anagrams

    * English onomatopoeias ----



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) ; cognate with wort and radix.


    (en noun)
  • The part of a plant, generally underground, that absorbs water and nutrients.
  • This tree's roots can go as deep as twenty metres underground.
  • A root vegetable.
  • *
  • two fields which should have been sown with roots in the early summer were not sown because the ploughing had not been completed early enough.
  • The part of a tooth extending into the bone holding the tooth in place.
  • Root damage is a common problem of overbrushing.
  • The part of a hair under the skin that holds the hair in place.
  • The root is the only part of the hair that is alive.
  • The part of a hair near the skin that has not been dyed, permed, or otherwise treated.
  • He dyed his hair black last month, so the grey roots can be seen.
  • The primary source; origin.
  • The love of money is the root of all evil.
  • * John Locke
  • They were the roots out of which sprang two distinct people.
  • (arithmetic) Of a number or expression, a number which, when raised to a specified power, yields the specified number or expression.
  • The cube root of 27 is 3.
  • (arithmetic) A square root (understood if no power is specified; in which case, “the root of” is often abbreviated to “root”).
  • Multiply by root 2.
  • (analysis) A zero (of a function).
  • (graph theory, computing) The single node of a tree that has no parent.
  • (linguistic morphology) The primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. Inflectional stems often derive from roots.
  • (philology) A word from which another word or words are derived.
  • (music) The fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed.
  • (Busby)
  • The lowest place, position, or part.
  • * Milton
  • deep to the roots of hell
  • * Southey
  • the roots of the mountains
  • (computing) In UNIX terminology, the first user account with complete access to the operating system and its configuration, found at the root of the directory structure.
  • (computing) The person who manages accounts on a UNIX system.
  • (computing) The highest directory of a directory structure which may contain both files and subdirectories. (rfex)
  • Synonyms
    * (source) basis, origin, source * (zero of a function) zero * (word from which another is derived) etymon * superuser (), root account, root user
    * (zero of a function) pole
    * (zero of a function) kernel
    Derived terms
    * cube root * functional root * put down roots * root canal * root cause * rootkit * roots * roots music * rootsy * square root * strictly roots * take root * taproot * root gap


    (en verb)
  • (computing, slang, transitive) To break into a computer system and obtain root access.
  • We rooted his box and planted a virus on it.
  • To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.
  • * Mortimer
  • In deep grounds the weeds root deeper.
  • * '>citation
  • To be firmly fixed; to be established.
  • * Bishop Fell
  • If any irregularity chanced to intervene and to cause misapprehensions, he gave them not leave to root and fasten by concealment.

    See also

    * (linguistics) stem

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) . Cognate with rodent. Cognate with Dutch wroeten.


    (en verb)
  • To turn up or dig with the snout.
  • A pig roots the earth for truffles.
  • (by extension) To seek favour or advancement by low arts or grovelling servility; to fawn.
  • To rummage, to search as if by digging in soil.
  • rooting about in a junk-filled drawer
  • To root out; to abolish.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I will go root away the noisome weeds.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy xxix. 28
  • The Lord rooted them out of their land and cast them into another land.
  • (Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang) To have sexual intercourse.
  • Usage notes
    * The Australian/New Zealand sexual sense is somewhat milder than fuck but still quite coarse, certainly not for polite conversation. The sexual sense will often be understood, unless care is taken with the context to make the rummage sense clear, or 'root through' or 'root around' is used. The past participle rooted'' is equivalent to ''fucked'' in the figurative sense of broken or tired, but ''rooting'' is only the direct verbal sense, not an all-purpose intensive like ''fucking .
    * (rummage) dig out, root out, rummage * (have sexual intercourse) screw, bang, drill (US), shag (British) - See also
    Derived terms
    * root about * rooted * root out * root up


    (en noun)
  • (Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
  • Fancy a root ?
  • (Australia, New Zealand, vulgar, slang) A sexual partner.
  • Usage notes
    * The Australian/New Zealand sexual sense of root'' is somewhat milder than ''fuck'' but still quite coarse, certainly not for polite conversation. The normal usage is ''to have a root or similar.
    * (act of sexual intercourse) screw (qualifier), shag (UK); see also * (sexual partner) screw (US)

    Etymology 3

    Possibly an alteration of , influenced by hoot


    (en verb)
  • (intransitive, with for, US) To cheer to show support for.
  • * 1908 ,
  • Let me root', '''root''', ' root for the home team,
  • (US) To hope for the success of. Rendered as 'root for'.
  • I'm rooting for you, don't let me down!
    * (cheer) barrack (qualifier), cheer on


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