What does bolster mean?

Definitions for bolsterˈboʊl stər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bolster.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bolster

    bōl′stėr, n. a long round pillow or cushion: a pad: anything resembling it in form or use, esp. any piece of mechanism affording a support against pressure.—v.t. to support with a bolster: to hold up.—p.adj. Bol′stered, supported: swelled out.—n. Bol′stering, a propping up or supporting. [A.S. bolster; from root of Bowl.]


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Anagrams for bolster »

  1. bolters, lobster, trobles


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bolster in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bolster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jennifer Cafarella:

    ISIS appears to dispatch advisers to support local recruitment in such areas in an attempt to bolster the local strength of these groups, but does not augment their ranks with its own forces.

  2. Fawn M. Brodie:

    Richard Nixon lied to gain love, to shore up his grandiose fantasies, to bolster his ever-wavering sense of identity. He lied in attack, hoping to win and always he lied, and this most aggressively, to deny that he lied.

  3. Janna Anderson:

    Most experts believe that businesses and governments have little incentive to bolster privacy. This is, in part, because people have proven that they will give away personal information for something as small as a free cup of coffee.

  4. Millan Mulraine:

    With gasoline prices remaining low (providing a huge windfall to U.S. consumers), confidence sky-high and the buoyancy in labor market activity likely to bolster household income, we expect consumer spending activity to rebound strongly in the coming months.

  5. Melissa Cortina:

    It works closely with schools to support children within the school environment and help them find creative ways to bolster their self-esteem, it works with children and young people who are having serious difficulties and may be at risk of exclusion from mainstream school.

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Translations for bolster

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • възглавница, крепя, поддържам, подпирамBulgarian
  • podhlavník, posílit seCzech
  • bolsterDanish
  • PolsterGerman
  • μαξιλάρα, στυλώνω, υποστηρίζωGreek
  • tyyny, tukea, vahvistaaFinnish
  • traversinFrench
  • adhairt, ceannadhairtIrish
  • capezzaleItalian
  • მუთაქაGeorgian
  • versterken, veilig stellen, ondersteunenDutch
  • cabeceira, apoiarPortuguese
  • подде́рживать, крепи́ть, подпира́ть, ва́лик, поду́шкаRussian
  • bolster, stödjaSwedish
  • దిండుTelugu
  • tchefsîWalloon

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