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The term bootstrap refers to a technique or device designed to bring about a desired state by means of its own action.

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Bootstrap is

[a] short computer program that is permanently resident or easily loaded into a computer and whose execution brings a larger program, such an operating system or its loader, into memory.[1]

References Edit

  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Glossary of Computerized System and Software Development Technology 4 (Aug. 1995) (full-text).

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