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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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After rooting the phone, Super Root Android will download and install the application SuperUser so that users do not need to worry about security issues of their devices.
Root Transmission app from XDA Developers member wchill, offers rooting capability on any Android device using another pre-rooted Android phone or tablet.
I can't remember which order they were in, but one time there was a dude jacking it while they were getting it on, and the other time he got fingered by a chick while rooting.
If adventitious rooting could be introduced into a crop like cotton, it could lead to new production efficiencies.
These deep-rooted species represent one extreme along a continuum in terms of their rooting depths, he explains.