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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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In the ideal combination, she maintains, three modes of the violin's front plate and two modes of its back plate vibrate in "octave frequencies" -- or as multiples of one root note.
As Emily Ramshaw and Jay Root note in their write-up of the big to-do, "whether he was effective - or likeable - is, well, debatable.
Root notes that libertarians today have no patience with judicial restraint and little use for majority rule as exemplified by legislatures.