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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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I use my name as the business name, or else people think we're working for Mr Rootes," Keith says.
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The savings to Pratt & Whitney are very significant when one considers that an analysis can occupy an engineer for three weeks to six months and that there are about 150 to 200 analyses ongoing at any rime," said David Rootes, manager of structures process and integration system design and component integration for Pratt & Whitney.
It examines, in slightly less detail, the cases of Ford UK, Rootes, and Rootes' purchaser, Chrysler UK.
We are an organization committed to excellence in all areas, and this commitment demands results on the field,'' general manager Jamey Rootes said.