• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bold fearless and daring "bold settlers on some foreign shore","a bold speech","a bold adventure"
    • adj bold clear and distinct "bold handwriting","a figure carved in bold relief","a bold design"
    • adj bold very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front "a bluff headland","where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise","a sheer descent of rock"
    • n bold a typeface with thick heavy lines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bold Exhibiting or requiring spirit and contempt of danger; planned with courage; daring; vigorous. "The bold design leased highly."
    • Bold Forward to meet danger; venturesome; daring; not timorous or shrinking from risk; brave; courageous. "Throngs of knights and barons bold ."
    • Bold In a bad sense, too forward; taking undue liberties; over assuming or confident; lacking proper modesty or restraint; rude; impudent. "Thou art too wild, too rude and bold of voice."
    • Bold Somewhat overstepping usual bounds, or conventional rules, as in art, literature, etc.; taking liberties in composition or expression; as, the figures of an author are bold . "Bold tales.""The cathedral church is a very bold work."
    • Bold Standing prominently out to view; markedly conspicuous; striking the eye; in high relief. "Shadows in painting . . . make the figure bolder ."
    • Bold Steep; abrupt; prominent. "Where the bold cape its warning forehead rears."
    • v. i Bold To be or become bold.
    • v. t Bold To make bold or daring.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bold Daring; courageous; brave; intrepid; fearless: applied to men or animals: as, bold as a lion.
    • bold Requiring or exhibiting courage; planned or executed with courage and spirit: as, a bold enterprise.
    • bold Confident; trusting; assured.
    • bold Forward; impudent; audacious: as, a bold huzzy.
    • bold Overstepping usual bounds; presuming upon sympathy or forbearance; showing liberty or license, as in style or expression: as, a bold metaphor.
    • bold Standing out to view; striking to the eye; markedly conspicuous; prominent: as, a bold headland; a bold handwriting.
    • bold Steep; abrupt: as, a bold shore (one that enters the water almost perpendicularly).
    • bold Deep, as water, close to the shore; navigable very near to the land.
    • bold To make bold; embolden; encourage.
    • bold To become bold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bold bōld daring or courageous: forward or impudent: presumptuous: executed with spirit: striking to the sight, well marked: steep or abrupt
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short; youth is nimble, age is lame; Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold; Youth is wild, and age is tame.”
  • H. G. Bohn
    H. G. Bohn
    “Boldness is business is the first, second, and third thing.”
  • F. L. Lucan
    F. L. Lucan
    “Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.”
  • Arnold Palmer
    Arnold Palmer
    “You must play boldly to win.”
  • Homer
    “A decent boldness ever meets with friends.”


Bold as brass - Someone who is as bold as brass is very confident and not worried about how other people will respond or about being caught.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bald, bold, AS. bald, beald,; akin to Icel. ballr, OHG. bald, MHG. balt, D. boud, Goth. balþei, boldness, It. baldo,. In Ger. there remains only bald, adv. soon. Cf. Bawd (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bald; Old High Ger. bald, Ice. ballr.


In literature:

Then he rushed boldly into the midst of the foe.
"The Story of the Greeks" by H. A. Guerber
It is well to be bold, but not too bold.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
The moral sense of these bold pioneers was shocked at the desecration of the Creator's name among their sublime solitudes.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
Theological speculation took an unprecedented boldness from the temper of the times.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
There is nothing bold or vicious or vulpine in it, and his timid, harmless character is published at every leap.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
In this emergency, Law hazarded the bold experiment of forbidding the use of specie altogether.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
The spirit which they breathed was bold, intrepid, and magnanimous.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The headland is a bold block of white limestone stained with red.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
They are excessively tame, or bold.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
He boldly settled the lands, and was prepared to boldly hold his position.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
He come into the shop as bold as brass and arsked fur a book.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
It's bold, and your case heeds boldness.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
In it he boldly proposed a speedy declaration of independence.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
One of these bold spirits was a woman.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Fanny boldly opened the door and entered.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Though he was bold in deciding, he was very timid in looking forward as to the results of that decision.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
His gait is low and skulking, and his look bold and vicious.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
When the tide was out, the river was dull and dreary enough to the heart of the bold sailor.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
Their anger could be displayed only in words, and Romulus told them boldly that they owed their misfortune to their pride.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
And how defiant he looked, as bold as a boy of five, who is already dreaming of fighting other boys.
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig

In poetry:

Boldly, gladly,
Through the paling hush,
Wildly, madly,
Cries the thrush!
"Break Of Day" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Dip your pen in gold
before you grow too old
and forget that you were bold
before you learned to fold.
"Dip your pen in gold" by Patience Strong
Soft and thick the snow lay,
Stars danced in the sky.
Not all the lambs of May-day
Skip so bold and high.
"A Frostry Night" by Robert Graves
She is too bold who fondly sighs
To try the sunny glade,
Others beside the Violet
Are safest in the shade.
"The Violet" by Caroline Fry
O who can ever find
The errors of his ways?
Yet with a bold, presumptuous mind
I would not dare transgress.
"Psalm 19 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Thus, then, live I,
Till, 'mid all the gloom,
By heaven! the bold sun
Is with me in the room
Shining, shining!
"The Meadows In Spring" by Edward FitzGerald

In news:

The product is customizable and available in a collection of patterns and colors ranging from subtle patterns to bold graphics.
In a bold move, Canada's federal government has introduced legislation, Bill C-9, that will allow Canadian generic drug manufacturers to produce patented drugs for export.
We're starting to see homeowners choose walls with graphic patterns and stripes done in paint, or a big, bold color on one accent wall.
Sartorial students, take note: Spring brings with it an assortment of bold, geometric prints that restore a sense of order to racks otherwise filled with girly ruffles and pretty pastels.
That looks a fair summary of the state of the flotilla of spacecraft that sailed boldly forth from Earth last summer to study Mars.
Recently ET native Curtis Grimes from NBC's The Voice called in to Radio Texas Live and I made some bold predictions including.
Both products reportedly offer superior adhesive performance and a clean, bold look.
Both products offer superior adhesive performance and a clean, bold look.
I admit I had little hope for that gnocchi , or for fried cod over lemon marmalade, or fennel salad with licorice-spiked olive oil, bold moves on the menu at brand-new Spiga.
Mitt Romney isn't exactly known for bold, sweeping proposals.
Reduxion stages a bold, sexy version of William Shakespeare's classic 'Midsummer Night's Dream.
The rustic charm of the setting befits the bold, alluring cooking the kitchen delivers at this popular Italian restaurant.
A bold, focused governorship .
Despite boldly and unconvincingly declaring that Kirsten Gillibrand will not face a primary, New York's powerful senior senator, Chuck Schumer, doesn't seem to be doing much to make that a reality.
CBS Defeats Defamation Lawsuit Brought By 'Bold and the Beautiful' Hairstylist .

In science:

The combination classifier which generates the highest percentage of generalisation errors is indicated in bold.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
Fig. 1 – Example for a ground state configuration (bold line) of a chain segment for a particular realization of random fields as compared to the equilibrium expectation values of the local magnetization hσi i at temperature T = 0.45J .
Ground states versus low-temperature equilibria in random field Ising chains
This corresponds classically to a marginal instability in the matrix theory with N > 1. (Note that in the previous section we distinguished matrices Xi from related functions X i by using bold font for matrices.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Bold curves for γ < γc are analytical predictions for the SAT probability in the large N limit.
Phase coexistence and finite-size scaling in random combinatorial problems
The values of a − b and a + b have been marked in Fig. 3 as bold segments.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
Those tabloids which are symplectic tableaux have been written in bold style.
An algorithm for computing the global basis of an irreducible $U_{q}(sp_{2n})$-module
We assume that all long-duration GRBs are associated with SNe and, as a bold ansatz, we take these SNe to have the fluence of SN1998bw, properly transported in time and frequency to the GRB’s redshift .
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
The bold lines correspond to the sine-Gordon predictions (low-energy limit).
Elementary Excitations in Quantum Antiferromagnetic Chains: Dyons, Spinons and Breathers
We make the bold claim that the systems we are able to analyse consist of enough points to make the critical connectivity almost as sharply defined as in Fig. 1.
Random Geometric Graphs
Stable steady-state branches are in bold, unstable ones in dashed-lines.
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
The star should have a sharp boundary at zero pressure, and density ρ0 (the bold contour in Fig. 1).
The swallowing of a quark star by a black hole
All contours are logarithmic and equally spaced every 0.25 dex, with a bold contour at ρ = ρ0 .
The swallowing of a quark star by a black hole
The portion of the lattice having the same occupation probability, p, is denoted by bold lines, whereas the corresponding part of the dual lattice with ˜p = 1 − p is shown by dashed lines.
Percolation in random environment
The bold lines in Fig. 3 correspond to large jumps in the magnetization.
Ground state numerical study of the three-dimensional random field Ising model
Figure 12(a) represents the GS (straight bold line) and melted hσi i at finite temperatures for q = 3.
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain