Barrack vs Root - What's the difference?

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Barrack is a synonym of root.

As nouns the difference between barrack and root

is that barrack is (military|chiefly|in the plural) a building for soldiers, especially within a garrison; originally referred to temporary huts, now usually to a permanent structure or set of buildings 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 barrack and root

is that barrack is to house military personnel; to quarter or barrack can be (british|transitive) to jeer and heckle; to attempt to disconcert by verbal means 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.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) baraque; from (etyl) barraca.


(en noun)
  • (military, chiefly, in the plural) A building for soldiers, especially within a garrison; originally referred to temporary huts, now usually to a permanent structure or set of buildings .
  • * 1829 , , The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , Volume 4, page 67,
  • Before the gates of Bari, he lodged in a miserable hut or barrack , composed of dry branches, and thatched with straw; a perilous station, on all sides open to the inclemency of the winter and the spears of the enemy.
  • * 1919 , , Army Reorganization: Hearings Before the Committee on Military Affairs, House of Representatives, 66th Congress, 1st Session, on H.R. 8287, H.R. 8068, H.R. 7925, H.R. 8870, Sept. 3, 1919-Nov. 12, 1919 , Parts 23-43, page 1956,
  • How do you distinguish between the disciplinary barracks' and the penitentiary? Where are the disciplinary ' barracks ?
  • * 1996 , , page 129,
  • I know the barracks at the training camp out on the moors.
  • (chiefly, in the plural) primitive structure resembling a long shed or barn for (usually temporary) housing or other purposes
  • (chiefly, in the plural) any very plain, monotonous, or ugly large building
  • (US, regional) A movable roof sliding on four posts, to cover hay, straw, etc.
  • (Ireland, colloquial, usually, in the plural) A police station.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To house military personnel; to quarter.
  • * 1825 , , The Republican , Volume 11, page 276,
  • Where the men were barracked' alone, unnatural crime prevailed : where the women were ' barracked , contrivances were made to render such a place a brothel.
  • To live in barracks.
  • Etymology 2


    (en verb)
  • (British) To jeer and heckle; to attempt to disconcert by verbal means.
  • * 1934 , , Herbert Chapman on Football , page 140,
  • I knew that he had been barracked at times, but I did not realise that he was so sensitive.
  • * 2006 , Ramsay Burt, Judson Dance Theater: Performative traces , page 192,
  • Some people stopped concentrating on the piece altogether, some started barracking and heckling, while others began chatting to one another.
  • * 2009 , , The Heart of the Game , unnumbered page,
  • Its basic tenet was to say that if those Arsenal supporters who barracked' the board at home games could do any better, let them come forward, put some money in the club, and have a go at being directors themselves. In short, ‘Put up or shut up’, which, of course, only encouraged Johnny and One-armed Lou to heckle the Arsenal board even more. Dear old Dennis, he had no idea the ' barracking he and his fellow Arsenal directors suffered at every home game came from Spurs supporters.
  • (Australia, New Zealand, intransitive) To cheer for a team; to jeer at the opposition team or at the umpire (after an adverse decision).
  • * 1988 , J. A. Mangan (editor), Pleasure, Profit, Proselytism: British Culture and Sport at Home and Abroad 1700-1914 , page 266,
  • The only really unique aspect of Australian barracking is its idiom, the distinctive language and humour involved.
  • * 2009 , Roger Averill, Boy He Cry: An Island Odyssey , page 115,
  • I had by then explained to him my custom of occasionally listening to Australian Rules Football on our shortwave radio of a Saturday afternoon; how, despite my barracking for Essendon, I thought a player from Geelong, Gary Ablett, the best I had ever seen.
  • * 2010 , John Cash, Joy Damousi, Footy Passions , page 75,
  • ‘So to me barracking' for the footy I identified with my father, although nobody ' barracked for Essendon.’
    * (jeer and heckle) badger, jeer, tease, make fun of * (cheer) cheer, root for (US)



    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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