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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thunderbolt, bolt, bolt of lightning(noun)

    a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

  2. bolt(noun)

    a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech

  3. bolt, deadbolt(noun)

    the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key

  4. dash, bolt(noun)

    the act of moving with great haste

    "he made a dash for the door"

  5. bolt(noun)

    a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length

  6. bolt(noun)

    a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener

  7. bolt(verb)

    a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)

  8. bolt(verb)

    move or jump suddenly

    "She bolted from her seat"

  9. bolt(verb)

    secure or lock with a bolt

    "bolt the door"

  10. bolt(verb)

    swallow hastily

  11. abscond, bolt, absquatulate, decamp, run off, go off, make off(verb)

    run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

    "The thief made off with our silver"; "the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"

  12. run off, run out, bolt, bolt out, beetle off(verb)

    leave suddenly and as if in a hurry

    "The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas"; "When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out"

  13. gobble, bolt(verb)

    eat hastily without proper chewing

    "Don't bolt your food!"

  14. bolt(adverb)

    make or roll into bolts

    "bolt fabric"

  15. rigidly, stiffly, bolt(adverb)

    in a rigid manner

    "the body was rigidly erect"; "he sat bolt upright"

  16. bang, slap, slapdash, smack, bolt(adverb)


    "he ran bang into the pole"; "ran slap into her"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bolt(noun)

    a shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or catapult, esp. a short, stout, blunt-headed arrow; a quarrel; an arrow, or that which resembles an arrow; a dart

  2. Bolt(noun)

    lightning; a thunderbolt

  3. Bolt(noun)

    a strong pin, of iron or other material, used to fasten or hold something in place, often having a head at one end and screw thread cut upon the other end

  4. Bolt(noun)

    a sliding catch, or fastening, as for a door or gate; the portion of a lock which is shot or withdrawn by the action of the key

  5. Bolt(noun)

    an iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle; a fetter

  6. Bolt(noun)

    a compact package or roll of cloth, as of canvas or silk, often containing about forty yards

  7. Bolt(noun)

    a bundle, as of oziers

  8. Bolt(verb)

    to shoot; to discharge or drive forth

  9. Bolt(verb)

    to utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out

  10. Bolt(verb)

    to swallow without chewing; as, to bolt food

  11. Bolt(verb)

    to refuse to support, as a nomination made by a party to which one has belonged or by a caucus in which one has taken part

  12. Bolt(verb)

    to cause to start or spring forth; to dislodge, as conies, rabbits, etc

  13. Bolt(verb)

    to fasten or secure with, or as with, a bolt or bolts, as a door, a timber, fetters; to shackle; to restrain

  14. Bolt(verb)

    to start forth like a bolt or arrow; to spring abruptly; to come or go suddenly; to dart; as, to bolt out of the room

  15. Bolt(verb)

    to strike or fall suddenly like a bolt

  16. Bolt(verb)

    to spring suddenly aside, or out of the regular path; as, the horse bolted

  17. Bolt(verb)

    to refuse to support a nomination made by a party or a caucus with which one has been connected; to break away from a party

  18. Bolt(adverb)

    in the manner of a bolt; suddenly; straight; unbendingly

  19. Bolt(verb)

    a sudden spring or start; a sudden spring aside; as, the horse made a bolt

  20. Bolt(verb)

    a sudden flight, as to escape creditors

  21. Bolt(verb)

    a refusal to support a nomination made by the party with which one has been connected; a breaking away from one's party

  22. Bolt(verb)

    to sift or separate the coarser from the finer particles of, as bran from flour, by means of a bolter; to separate, assort, refine, or purify by other means

  23. Bolt(verb)

    to separate, as if by sifting or bolting; -- with out

  24. Bolt(verb)

    to discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law

  25. Bolt(noun)

    a sieve, esp. a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter


  1. Bolt

    A bolt is a mechanical part of a firearm that blocks the rear of the chamber while the propellant burns, but moves out of the way to allow another cartridge or shell to be inserted in the chamber. In manually operated firearms, such as bolt-action, lever-action, and pump-action rifles and shotguns, the bolt is held fixed by its locking lugs during firing, forcing all the expanding gas forward, and is manually withdrawn to chamber another round. In an automatic or semi-automatic firearm, the bolt cycles back and forward between each shot, propelled by recoil or expanding gas or the recoil spring. When it moves back, the extractor pulls the spent casing from the chamber. When it moves forward, it strips a cartridge from the magazine and pushes it into the chamber. Once the case is clear of the chamber, the ejector kicks the case out of the weapon. The extractor and firing pin are often integral parts of the bolt. The slide of a semi-automatic pistol is a form of bolt.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bolt

    bōlt, n. a bar or pin used to fasten a door, &c.: an arrow: a thunderbolt, as in 'a bolt from the blue.'—v.t. to fasten with a bolt: to throw or utter precipitately: to expel suddenly: to swallow hastily.—v.i. to rush away (like a bolt from a bow): to start up: (U.S.) to break away from one's political party.—ns. Bolt′-head, the head of a bolt: a chemical flask; Bolt′-rope, a rope sewed all round the edge of a sail to prevent it from tearing; Bolt′sprit (same as Bowsprit).—adv. Bolt′-up′right, upright and straight as a bolt or arrow.—n. Bolt′-up′rightness. [A.S. bolt; Old High Ger. bolz.]

  2. Bolt

    bōlt, v.t. (better spelling, Boult), to sift, to separate the bran from, as flour: to examine by sifting: to sift through coarse cloth.—ns. Bolt′er, a sieve: a machine for separating bran from flour; Bolt′ing, the process by which anything is bolted or sifted; Bolt′ing-hutch, a hutch or large box into which flour falls when it is bolted. [O. Fr. bulter, or buleter = bureter, from bure—Low L. burra, a coarse reddish-brown cloth—Gr. pyrros, reddish.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bolt

    A cylindrical pin of iron or copper to unite the different parts of a vessel, varied in form according to the places where they are required. In ship-building square ones are used in frame-fastening; the heads of all bolts are round, saucer, or collared.--Bolt of the irons, which runs through three pairs of shackles.--Drift or drive-bolts are used to drive out others.--Bay-bolts, have jags or barbs on each side, to keep them from flying out of their holes.--Clench-bolts are clenched with rivetting hammers.--Fend or fender bolts, made with long and thick heads, and struck into the outermost bends of the ship, to save her sides from bruises.--Forelock-bolts have at the end a forelock of iron driven in, to keep them from starting back.--Set-bolts are used for forcing the planks, and bringing them close together.--Ring-bolts are used for the bringing to of the planks, and those parts whereto are fastened the breeches and tackle of the guns.--Scarp-bolts and keel-bolts, pointed, not clinched, used for false keel or temporary purposes.--Bringing-to bolts, fitted with an eye at one end, and a nut and screw at the other, for bringing to the ends at the stem, &c.--To bolt, to start off, to run away.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bolt

    A pointed shaft or missile intended to be shot from a cross-bow or catapult; an arrow; a dart.

  2. bolt

    See Ordnance, Carriages for, Nomenclature of Artillery Carriage.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BOLT in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BOLT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of BOLT in a Sentence

  1. Mike Butler:

    It's an online business that really does only one thing. Competitors such as eBay and Gumtree could impact that, one option would be a bolt-on business in the UK, like an insurance arm, to build the brand here. A new territory is a bigger undertaking.

  2. Briton Edwards:

    There are so many things wrong with World Athletics decision re Diamond League events but what Usain Bolt showed athletics is that it's not about events but personalities and to exclude and alienate one of the sport's true stars @Taylored2jump (Christian Taylor) is beyond comprehension.

  3. Justin Gatlin:

    If you look at Bolt, he did the same thing in 2012, he ran kind of slow in the first round and the semi-finals then he triumphed in the final.

  4. Will Trump:

    The incoming administration will take office just as the latest ObamaCare enrollment tally comes in, delivering a potentially crucial verdict about the still-shaky healthcare marketplaces …. The Obama administration has struggled for several years to bring young, healthy people into the marketplaces, which is needed to offset the medical costs of older and sicker customers. These problems are coming to light this year, as insurers get their first full look at ObamaCare customer data. Some, like UnitedHealth Group, say they’ve seen enough, and are already vowing to leave the exchanges …. experts warn that if the numbers don’t improve this year, more insurers could bolt. That would deal a major blow to marketplace competition, while also driving up rates and keeping even more people out of the exchanges.

  5. Dan Roth:

    It’s one thing to design a car, even build a few prototypes. It’s a completely different matter to bring it to market with mass manufacturing, you need to know how to take your flights of fancy and make them reproducible by body presses, then weld, glue, and bolt them together, paint them, and then fill those shells with electrical systems and HVAC.

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  • صاعقةArabic
  • болт, шру́баBelarusian
  • хуквам, мълния, закрепвам с болт, резе, мандало, болт, офейквам, топ, залоствамBulgarian
  • llampecCatalan, Valencian
  • šroubCzech
  • Riegel, Bolzen, Ballen, SchraubeGerman
  • αμπαρώνω, κλείστρο, σύρτηςGreek
  • rigliEsperanto
  • tranca, tornillo, trancar, atornillar, virote, cerrojo, pernoSpanish
  • torlojuBasque
  • vasama, salpa, rynnätä, venähtää, teljetä, rulla, paali, karata, pakka, pultti, paeta, pultata, salama, lukko, telki, salvataFinnish
  • boulon, boulonner, carreau, monter, verrou, monter en graineFrench
  • בורג, הבריגHebrew
  • villám, retesz, elreteszel, csavaroz, tolózár, csavarHungarian
  • bautIndonesian
  • glutegar, riglagarIdo
  • slagbrandurIcelandic
  • sprangare, chiavistello, scappare, serrare, bulloneItalian
  • בְּרִיחַHebrew
  • ボルトJapanese
  • 볼트Korean
  • veruLatin
  • bultaLatvian
  • whakarawa, horopeta, whaowiriMāori
  • မူလီBurmese
  • rigelNorwegian
  • pijl, grendel, bout, rol, schichtDutch
  • bolt, sluttstykkeNorwegian
  • bełt, rygiel, ryglować, grom, zasuwka, piorun, zasuwaPolish
  • tranca, trinco, trancar, rolo, virote, aparafusar, relâmpago, barra, ferrolho, parafusoPortuguese
  • bolțRomanian
  • рулон, затвор, задвижка, винт, засов, болт, молнияRussian
  • reza, šip, bala, strelka, čivija, zavrtanj, zatvarač, реза, strela, prevornica, преворница, smotakSerbo-Croatian
  • západka, uzáver, skrutkaSlovak
  • rulle, schappa, slutstycke, bunt, rusa, regla, kolv, fästa, skäkta, skruva, blixt, bult, regel, fly, förbinda, pil, packe, skena, vigg, låsa, låskolvSwedish
  • болтUkrainian
  • chớpVietnamese
  • ריגלYiddish
  • 螺栓Chinese

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    the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement (as after an upheaval of some kind)
    • A. rogue
    • B. assortment
    • C. drought
    • D. relocation

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