Definition of bootloader in English:


Line breaks: boot|load¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈbuːtləʊdə


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
More example sentences
  • 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) + loader.

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