• WordNet 3.6
    • v jolt disturb (someone's) composure "The audience was jolted by the play"
    • v jolt move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion
    • n jolt an abrupt spasmodic movement
    • n jolt a sudden jarring impact "the door closed with a jolt","all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Egypt, doctors used jolts from the electric catfish to reduce the pain of arthritis
    • Jolt A physical or psychological shock; see jolt v. t. senses 2 and 3; as, the stock market plunge was a big jolt to his sense of affluence; he touched the casing of the ungrounded motor and got a jolt from a short inside.
    • Jolt A sudden shock or jerk; a jolting motion, as in a carriage moving over rough ground. "The first jolt had like to have shaken me out."
    • Jolt Something which causes a jolt2}; as, the bad news was a jolt .
    • Jolt To cause to move with a sudden motion, especially an up and down motion, as in a carriage going over rough ground, or on a high-trotting horse; as, the horse jolts the rider; fast driving jolts the carriage and the passengers.
    • v. i Jolt jōlt To shake with short, abrupt risings and fallings, as a carriage moving on rough ground; as, the coach jolts .
    • Jolt To stun or shock a person physically, as with a blow or electrical shock; as, the earthquake jolted him out of bed.
    • Jolt To stun or shock or change the mental state of (a person) suddenly, as if with a blow; as, the sight of the house on fire jolted him into action; his mother's early death jolted his idyllic happiness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jolt To shake with sudden jerks, as in a carriage on rough ground, or on a high-trotting horse.
    • jolt To move with short, abrupt risings and fallings, as a carriage on rough ground; have a shaking or jerking motion.
    • n jolt A shock or shake by a sudden jerk, as in a carriage.
    • n jolt plural Cabbage-plants that in the spring go to seed prematurely.
    • n jolt Synonyms Collision, Concussion, etc. See shock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Jolt jōlt to shake with sudden jerks
    • v.t Jolt to shake with a sudden shock
    • n Jolt a sudden jerk
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  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “A sudden violent jolt of it has been known to stop the victim's watch, snap his suspenders and crack his glass eye right across.”
  • Charles Swindoll
    Charles Swindoll
    “The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs-jolted by every pebble in the road.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. jole, joll, jowl, and orig. meaning, to knock on the head. See Jowl


In literature:

Out in the yard the fox-hounds began to yelp, and a galloping horse stopped with a loud, jolting "gluck" at the gate.
"An Arkansas Planter" by Opie Percival Read
Everyone who tried a ride upon the boat found it much nicer than jolting along in a stage coach.
"Stories of Great Inventors" by Hattie E. Macomber
Through that he took a jolt which sent him back, away from the bay entrance.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
But I hands Toledo a jolt for bein' ashamed of his old pal.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Ah, it was we who wept, to see them jolting off in rough country wagons, going we knew not where, or to what fate!
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
And when the team rattled the old chariot down a rough grade how he hoped that two or three of the figures might be jolted off.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
It sounded like a heavy jolt deep inside the mountain.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
Just jolted up a bit.
"The Moving Picture Girls at Oak Farm" by Laura Lee Hope
It is probable that his sudden weight jolted the plank out of its position.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Then, suddenly, when they were in one end of the car trying to corner the lively little cat, there came a jar and a jolt to the car.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Sunny South" by Laura Lee Hope

In poetry:

Only so softly does she turn,
Without a jolt or spill,
It took a clever man to find
She wasn’t standing still.
"Earth’s Motion" by Edith L M King
Again we guide the jolting plough
Or bake the brittle, tinting clay;
But none will mark our labour now,
Urge as we will, toil as we may.
"Ghosts" by Willoughby Weaving
An' then when Mar-in-lor an' me began
To tork of 'ouse'old things an' scheme an' plan,
A sudden thort fair jolts me where I live:
"These is my wimmin folk! An' I'm a man!"
"Mar " by C J Dennis
Her hair was so golden, her eyes were so blue,
Her face was so fair and her words seemed so true—
So green in the ways of sweet women was he
That she jolted the heart of O’Hara, J P.
"O'Hara, J.P." by Henry Lawson
Then low swift open land and the wasted flank
of a leprous hillside—over the ridge and past
the blackened stumps of Bois Vert, bleak and dead.
Our sidecar jolted and rocked, twisting between
craters, lunging at every rack and wrench.
"The Road to Bayonvillers" by John Allan Wyeth
Now, Poole deserves it, an' I'm pleased the lad give 'im that jolt.
'E goes fair mad in argument when once 'e gets a holt.
"Yeh make me sad," sez Digger Smith; "the both uv you," sez 'e.
"The both uv us! Gawstruth!" sez I. "You ain't includin' me?"
"Over the Fence" by C J Dennis

In news:

It's the $6 trillion question: how to jolt Japan out of its 20-year economic slump.
Celestial Seasonings' Enerji shots give consumers a jolt with green tea.
An extremely shallow magnitude-3.5 earthquake centered in Beverly Hills struck just after midnight today, jolting people over a wide area of the Southland, but no damage or injuries were reported.
Virginia Kowalewski gives dad, Robert Kowalewski, a jolt for not helping her with cell phone charger .
Pumpkin spice coffee cake gets a jolt of expresso.
Use your smart phone to get more coupons & get your morning jolt for a lot less with deals from coffee to creamer.
The capital markets continue to be jolted by the overall confusion about the direction of our economy.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Don't misunderstand: New Zealand's independent film community is enormously grateful for Peter Jackson, whose blockbuster "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, among other things, gave Kiwi directors a jolt of confidence.
Gasol's dagger 3 jolts Jazz.
A jolt of powerful news for those still left in the dark .
Stocks are opening mixed on Wall Street after the surprise resignation of Italy's prime minister sent a jolt through European markets.
A jolt of fun and surprises.
Will, Jaden Smith get a jolt in 'After Earth ' trailer.
Tsunami warning lifted after strong 7.3-magnitude jolt.
Strong earthquake jolts northeastern Japan.

In science:

If, by some mechanism, the shock were to be jolted suddenly to larger radii, the consequently lower matter temperatures would transiently result in a much lower integrated neutrino cooling rate behind the shock, while the larger radius of the shock would result in a larger gain region.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
As a result the third mass is jolted down with high velocity while the binary starts separating and loses significantly its braking effect on m.
Zeno meets modern science
Each point in space will feel a non-equilibrium jolt as a bubble wall sweeps by converting it from the symmetric phase (φ=0) to the asymmetric phase (φ 6= 0), and so baryogenesis in these scenarios takes place on (or near) the bubble walls.
The Electroweak Phase Transition, Part 1: Review of Perturbative Methods