(n.) An article of clothing which, when yanked upon, will yield a rising of socioeconomic status and an appreciation of one's accomplishments. Often worn with spats, top hat, and monocle.
"Why don't you go get a job, you bum? Why, after graduating from Harvard I pulled myself up by my own bootstraps and, by God, got to where I am today!"
by Jazzy McR February 18, 2007
(v.) to cause a system (usually a computer system) to build itself; to build something complex by giving a simple instruction. From the concept of "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps."
by heikediguoren September 13, 2006