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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thunderbolt, bolt, bolt of lightningnoun

    a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

  2. boltnoun

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

  3. bolt, deadboltnoun

    the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key

  4. dash, boltnoun

    the act of moving with great haste

    "he made a dash for the door"

  5. boltnoun

    a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length

  6. boltnoun

    a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener

  7. boltverb

    a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)

  8. boltverb

    move or jump suddenly

    "She bolted from her seat"

  9. boltverb

    secure or lock with a bolt

    "bolt the door"

  10. boltverb

    swallow hastily

  11. abscond, bolt, absquatulate, decamp, run off, go off, make offverb

    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 offverb

    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, boltverb

    eat hastily without proper chewing

    "Don't bolt your food!"

  14. boltadverb

    make or roll into bolts

    "bolt fabric"

  15. rigidly, stiffly, boltadverb

    in a rigid manner

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

  16. bang, slap, slapdash, smack, boltadverb


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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BOLTnoun

    Etymology: boult, Dutch; βόλις.

    Yet mark’d I where the bolt of Cupid fell;
    It fell upon a little western flower;
    Before milk white, now purple with love’s wound. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    The blunted bolt against the nymph he drest;
    But, with the sharp, transfix’d Apollo’s breast. Dryden.

    Sing’d with the flames, and with the bolts transfix’d,
    With native earth your blood the monsters mix’d. Dryden.

    Brush-iron, native or from the mine, consisteth of long striæ, about the thickness of a small knitting needle, bolt upright, like the bristles of a stiff brush. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

    As I stood bolt upright upon one end, one of the ladies burst out. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 90.

    ’Tis not in thee, to oppose the bolt
    Against my coming in. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Away with him to prison; lay bolts enough upon him. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    That supernal judge, that stirs good thoughts
    In my breast, of strong authority,
    To look into the bolts and stains of right. William Shakespeare, K. John.

  2. To Boltverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The bolted gates flew open at the blast;
    The storm rush’d in, and Arcite stood aghast. Dryden.

    I hate when vice can bolt her arguments,
    And virtue has no tongue to check her pride. John Milton.

    That I could reach the axel, where the pins are,
    Which bolt this frame; that I might pull them out. Ben Jonson.

    It is great
    To do that thing that ends all other deeds,
    Which shackles accidents, and bolts up change. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    Saying, he now had boulted all the flour,
    And that it was a groom of base degree,
    Which of my love was partner. Fairy Queen, b. ii. c. 4.

    In the bolting and sifting of fourteen years of power and favour, all that came out could not be pure meal. Henry Wotton.

    I cannot bolt this matter to the bran,
    As Bradwardin and holy Austin can. John Dryden, Fables.

    It would be well bolted out, whether great refractions may not be made upon reflections, as well as upon direct beams. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 762.

    The judge, or jury, or parties, or the council, or attornies, propounding occasional questions, beats and bolts out the truth much better than when the witness delivers only a formal series. Matthew Hale, History of the Common Law.

    Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things, through all disguises. Roger L'Estrange.

    The fanned snow
    That’s bolted by the northern blast twice o’er. Winter’s Tale.

  3. To Boltverb

    To spring out with speed and suddenness; to start out with the quickness of an arrow.

    This Puck seems but a dreaming dolt,
    Still walking like a ragged colt,
    And oft out of a bush doth bolt,
    Of purpose to deceive us. Michael Drayton, Nymphid.

    They erected a fort, and from thence they bolted like beasts of the forest, sometimes into the forest, sometimes into the woods and fastnesses, and sometimes back again to their den. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    As the house was all in a flame, out bolts a mouse from the ruins, to save herself. Roger L'Estrange.

    I have reflected on those men, who, from time to time, have shot themselves into the world. I have seen many successions of them; some bolting out upon the stage with vast applause, and others hissed off. Dryden.

    The birds to foreign seats repair’d,
    And beasts, that bolted out, and saw the forest bar’d. Dryd.


  1. BOLT

    The BOLT Browser was a web browser for mobile phones including feature phones and smartphones that can run Java ME applications. The BOLT Browser was offered free of charge to consumers and by license to mobile network operators and handset manufacturers. BOLT was produced by Bitstream Inc., the company which previously produced ThunderHawk for mobile network operators and handset manufacturers. BOLT was originally introduced into private beta on January 15, 2009 and was made available to the public on February 16, 2009 when the public beta was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. BOLT supported Java-based handsets with Java MIDP 2 and CLDC 1.0 or higher. BOLT also has specially optimized version for BlackBerry smartphones and worked with Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices that employ a MIDlet manager or Java emulator. BOLT was built using the WebKit rendering engine to display a full Web page layout as found on desktop web browsers. In December 2011, BOLT Browser was discontinued and all installs were rendered useless.


  1. bolt

    A bolt is a type of fastener, typically made of metal, which is used to hold materials together. It consists of a head and a cylindrical body with external threads along a portion of its length. Bolts are usually used in conjunction with nuts to secure the fastening. They can be found in various sizes and types, serving different functions depending on their design and intended application, such as in construction, machinery, and automotive industries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boltnoun

    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. Boltnoun

    lightning; a thunderbolt

  3. Boltnoun

    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. Boltnoun

    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. Boltnoun

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

  6. Boltnoun

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

  7. Boltnoun

    a bundle, as of oziers

  8. Boltverb

    to shoot; to discharge or drive forth

  9. Boltverb

    to utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out

  10. Boltverb

    to swallow without chewing; as, to bolt food

  11. Boltverb

    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. Boltverb

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

  13. Boltverb

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

  14. Boltverb

    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. Boltverb

    to strike or fall suddenly like a bolt

  16. Boltverb

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

  17. Boltverb

    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. Boltadverb

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

  19. Boltverb

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

  20. Boltverb

    a sudden flight, as to escape creditors

  21. Boltverb

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

  22. Boltverb

    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. Boltverb

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

  24. Boltverb

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

  25. Boltnoun

    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. BOLT

    What does BOLT stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the BOLT acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BOLT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bolt is ranked #4726 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bolt surname appeared 7,504 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Bolt.

    89.3% or 6,702 total occurrences were White.
    5.4% or 412 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 173 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 109 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 59 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 49 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bolt' in Nouns Frequency: #2632

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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. 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.

  2. General Motors:

    Removing vehicles like the Chevy Bolt and prohibiting General Motors and other manufacturers from consideration will dramatically reduce California's choices for affordable, American-made electric vehicles and limit Chevy Bolt ability to reach Chevy Bolt goal of minimizing the state government's carbon footprint, a goal that General Motors shares, general Motors is committed to an all-electric future which is why we support California's initiative to electrify their fleet.

  3. Arthur Miller:

    Nobody dast blame this man. For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to the life. He don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you the law or give you medicine. He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back -- that's an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished. Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory.

  4. John Anthony Ciardi:

    A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.

  5. Only Lyles:

    It's not about going after Bolt's record or anything like that, but when we get there, we're willing to go after any record.

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Translations for bolt

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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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