What does bolster mean?

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ˈboʊl stərbol·ster

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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.

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

  2. bolster(Verb)

    To brace, reinforce, secure, or support.

    Etymology: 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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Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bolster

    A block of wood on the carriage of a siege-gun, and on the mortar-wagon upon which the gun rests when moving it from place to place. The first is a breach-, the second a muzzle-bolster.

  2. bolster

    A cushioned or padded part of a saddle.

Anagrams for bolster »

  1. bolters, lobster, trobles

How to pronounce bolster?

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How to say bolster in sign language?

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  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

Examples of bolster in a Sentence

  1. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen:

    Prospects are favorable for further improvement in the U.S. labor market and the economy more broadly, low oil prices and ongoing employment gains should continue to bolster consumer spending, financial conditions generally remain supportive of growth and the highly accommodative monetary policies abroad should work to strengthen global growth.

  2. Doug Ducey:

    Anything we can do to further bolster these efforts is good news for Arizona and for our national security.

  3. Jiang Liping:

    China is heading an energy revolution led by the transformation to low-carbon energy and the opening up of its wholesale power market, and storage will be important to bolster the changes.

  4. American Humanist Association:

    In the fact of today's decision, we must all pursue new avenues to bolster the First Amendment.

  5. Jennifer Cafarella:

    These groups likely therefore retain more independence than Syrian rebel groups that pledge allegiance to ISIS, at least in the near term, 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.

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