Definitions for bolsterˈboʊl stər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bol•sterˈboʊl stər(n.)

  1. a long, often cylindrical cushion or pillow for a bed, sofa, etc.

    Category: Furniture

  2. anything resembling this in form or in use as a support.

  3. any pillow, cushion, or pad.

    Category: Furniture

  4. a horizontal timber on a post for lessening the free span of a beam.

    Category: Building Trades

  5. (v.t.)to support with or as if with a bolster.

  6. to add to, support, or uphold:

    They bolstered their claim with new evidence.

Origin of bolster:

bef. 1000; ME bolstre, OE bolster; c. MD bolster, OHG bolstar, ON bolstr

bol′ster•er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bolster, long pillow(verb)

    a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows

  2. bolster, bolster up(verb)

    support and strengthen

    "bolster morale"

  3. bolster(verb)

    prop up with a pillow or bolster

  4. pad, bolster(verb)

    add padding to

    "pad the seat of the chair"

Wiktionary

  1. bolster(Noun)

    A large cushion or pillow.

  2. bolster(Verb)

    To brace, reinforce, secure, or support.

  3. Origin: Akin to Old Norse bólstr ( > Danish bolster), German Polster, polstern.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bolster(noun)

    a long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of a person lying on a bed; -- generally laid under the pillows

  2. Bolster(noun)

    a pad, quilt, or anything used to hinder pressure, support any part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress

  3. Bolster(noun)

    anything arranged to act as a support, as in various forms of mechanism, etc

  4. Bolster(noun)

    a cushioned or a piece part of a saddle

  5. Bolster(noun)

    a cushioned or a piece of soft wood covered with tarred canvas, placed on the trestletrees and against the mast, for the collars of the shrouds to rest on, to prevent chafing

  6. Bolster(noun)

    anything used to prevent chafing

  7. Bolster(noun)

    a plate of iron or a mass of wood under the end of a bridge girder, to keep the girder from resting directly on the abutment

  8. Bolster(noun)

    a transverse bar above the axle of a wagon, on which the bed or body rests

  9. Bolster(noun)

    the crossbeam forming the bearing piece of the body of a railway car; the central and principal cross beam of a car truck

  10. Bolster(noun)

    the perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched

  11. Bolster(noun)

    that part of a knife blade which abuts upon the end of the handle

  12. Bolster(noun)

    the metallic end of a pocketknife handle

  13. Bolster(noun)

    the rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital

  14. Bolster(noun)

    a block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation

  15. Bolster(verb)

    to support with a bolster or pillow

  16. Bolster(verb)

    to support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or unusual effort; -- often with up

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

bolster(noun)

a long, often round pillow.

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