Definition of bootloader in English:


Syllabification: boot·load·er
Pronunciation: /ˈbo͞otˌlōdər


  • A program that loads an operating system when a computer is turned on: Linux’s GRUB bootloader can be used to select which operating system you’d like to boot into
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    • You can append arguments to the command line from the bootloader.
    • Once the lock on the bootloader is breached, the media lockout won't be technologically defensible.
    • The PC has no hard, floppy or CD-ROM drive, so some other device must provide the bootloader and bootable image.


1970s: from boot1 ( sense 4 of the noun) and loader.

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