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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

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The second class can never think of putting down roots, they slog around and are here clearly for monetary gain.
But if we look back at the rest of the Western world in the last century, we always see, floating among the rains, the dancers--the American "free" dancers, the Russian displaced ballet dancers--taking their art all over the world, putting down roots in places where dance had never existed, trying again and again to capture, in the corporeal power of this wordless medium, some of the savagery and the beautiful physical longings of the century that gave them birth.
But before she joined the BBC soap, 30-year-old Nadia seemed to be putting down roots as a desert rose.
In our highly mobile society, tree planting is often taken as a symbol of stability or putting down roots.
They're putting down roots too and they'd 11 juvenile teams at the Continental Youth Championships in Chicago and they're just ready to spring off as well.
50, details on 01325 486555 Theatre: Operatic Society putting down roots Weedy plant needs good feed A musical favourite is putting down roots at Middlesbrough Theatre when Redcar Operatic Society tell the tale of nerdish Seymour (James Pattison).
PUTTING DOWN ROOTS Diane MacDonald, Stephen Hopkins, Gillian Stocks, Russell Willcox, Christine Forsyth, David Tomlin and Ivan Rowley.
A BIRMINGHAM grandmother has been rewarded for the 25 years she has spent putting down roots at the garden centre where she works.
Moving from campsite to campsite, they have shown no interest in putting down roots.