bolster

Definitions

  • Mr. Bolster led Miss Plank to the altar
    Mr. Bolster led Miss Plank to the altar
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bolster support and strengthen "bolster morale"
    • v bolster add padding to "pad the seat of the chair"
    • v bolster prop up with a pillow or bolster
    • n bolster a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bolster (Mil) A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation.
    • Bolster (Naut) 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.
    • Bolster (Saddlery) A cushioned or a piece part of a saddle.
    • Bolster A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of a person lying on a bed; -- generally laid under the pillows. "And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster ,
      This way the coverlet, another way the sheets."
    • Bolster 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. "This arm shall be a bolster for thy head."
    • Bolster 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.
    • Bolster A transverse bar above the axle of a wagon, on which the bed or body rests.
    • Bolster Anything arranged to act as a support, as in various forms of mechanism, etc.
    • Bolster (Naut) Anything used to prevent chafing.
    • Bolster (Cutlery) That part of a knife blade which abuts upon the end of the handle.
    • Bolster The crossbeam forming the bearing piece of the body of a railway car; the central and principal cross beam of a car truck.
    • Bolster (Cutlery) The metallic end of a pocketknife handle.
    • Bolster (Mech) the perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched.
    • Bolster (Arch) The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital.
    • Bolster To support with a bolster or pillow.
    • Bolster To support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or unusual effort; -- often with up. "To bolster baseness.""Shoddy inventions designed to bolster up a factitious pride."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bolster Something on which to rest the head while reclining; specifically, a long cylindrical cushion stuffed with feathers, hair, straw, or other materials, and generally laid under the pillows.
    • n bolster Something resembling a bolster in form or use. Specifically— Any kind of padding about a dress, such as the cylindrical rolls or cushions, called bearers, formerly worn by women to support and puff out their skirts at the hips.
    • n bolster A pad or quilt used to prevent pressure, support any part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress.
    • n bolster A cushioned or padded part of a saddle.
    • n bolster Naut., pl., pieces of soft wood covered with tarred canvas, placed under the eyes of the rigging to prevent chafing from the sharp edge of the trestletrees.
    • n bolster A part of a bridge intervening between the truss and the masonry.
    • n bolster In cutlery, the part of such instruments and tools as knives, chisels, etc., which adjoins the end of the handle; also, a metallic plate on the end of a pocket-knife handle.
    • n bolster In gunnery, a block of wood on the carriage of a siege-gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when it is moved.
    • n bolster In architecture, same as baluster, 2.
    • n bolster In music, the raised ridge which holds the tuning-pins of a piano.
    • n bolster A cap-piece or short timber placed at the top of a post as a bearing for a string-piece.
    • n bolster A perforated wooden block upon which sheet-metal is placed to be punched.
    • n bolster A sleeve-bearing through which a spindle passes.
    • n bolster In stone-sawing, one of the loose wooden blocks against which the ends of the pole of the saw rest.
    • n bolster A bar placed transversely over the axle of a wagon or in the middle of a car-truck to support the body.
    • n bolster One of the transverse pieces of an archcentering, extending between the ribs and sustaining the voussoirs during construction.
    • bolster To support with a bolster.
    • bolster To prop; support; uphold; maintain: generally implying support of a weak, falling, or unworthy cause or object, or support based on insufficient grounds: now usually with up: as, to bolster up his pretensions with lies.
    • bolster To furnish with a bolster in dress; pad; stuff out with padding.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bolster bōl′stėr 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 Bolster to support with a bolster: to hold up
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. bolster,; akin to Icel. bōlstr, Sw. & Dan. bolster, OHG. bolstar, polstar, G. polster,; from the same root as E. bole, stem, bowl, hollow vessel. Cf. Bulge Poltroon

Usage

In literature:

Only a little shred of the blanket now remains, and that is laid upon the bolster.
"Rollo in Scotland" by Jacob Abbott
And bless you, what they thought was Dessie turned out to be a feather bolster.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
And little Silver-hair had pulled the bolster of the Middle Bear out of its place.
"Bo-Peep Story Books" by Anonymous
At the end of the land was a perfectly rounded rise like a huge long bolster.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
And the little old Woman had pulled the bolster of the Middle Bear out of its place.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Those hoods wrought above and below the hawse-holes, outside a ship, where there are no cheeks to support a bolster.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Goodbye to pillows and bolsters and linen shirts.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
But being the chief sinner in the matter, he felt it incumbent on him to bolster up the faltering spirits of Honey.
"Skinner's Dress Suit" by Henry Irving Dodge
A reassuring bank account bolstered up my courage while the work was getting under way.
"If You Don't Write Fiction" by Charles Phelps Cushing
I have bolstered up Cleves and his Lutherans for ye.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
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In poetry:

I am ashamed for them,
I am ashamed that they have to bolster each other,
I am ashamed for their lisping egos,
their lack of guts.
"Poetry Readings" by Charles Bukowski
Therewith asked the King’s son Hafbur,
“And whatten a bed for me?”
“O thou shalt sleep in the bower aloft
And blue shall thy bolster be.”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
Upon her bolster they were placed, She could take few for a bad taste,
And these did vomit up in haste.
And sore was pain'd;
Her Aunt, not willing they should waste,
Took what remained.
"The Death Of Thomas Stoddart" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

The Federal Reserve cut interest rates half a percentage point Monday to bolster the economy and US markets after the worst terrorist attacks ever against the United States.
Microsoft announced Monday its plans to acquire multi-touch display vendor Perceptive Pixel Inc, a move the software giant said will bolster the hardware ecosystem behind its upcoming Windows 8 OS.
it will bolster our position as a leader in the European market and reinforce our industrial ca...
Merck is acquiring Schering- Plough for $41.1 billion in a bid to bolster its pipeline, broaden its global presence and strengthen its specialty sales force.
Disease, Pollination Research Bolsters Watermelon Harvest.
Windsor Utilities Commission Bolsters Its Water Production System With Data Tracking-and-Tracing Capabilities and Some Wireless Controls.
Bhutto's party releases her will to bolster PPP leadership.
In her new book, Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid, she bolsters her case by focusing on the energy savings that are possible with factory construction.
With championship resolve, the Florida State men's track & field team turned the 400-meter Mondo surface at Hodges Stadium into its personal playground Friday, significantly bolstering its mission to deliver another NCAA Championship.
China's inflation reached a 14-month low and industrial production rose less than forecast, bolstering the case for more stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's second-largest economy.
Spends $13M in Bolstering Digital Capacity.
Some parents have raised concerns that HPV vaccinations "are a license to have sex," but the study bolsters evidence against that concern.
Here's how it can bolster itself.
Many firearms retailers have already added knives to their inventory as a way to bolster profits.
Fred Chartrand / The Canadian Press A frustrated Vic Toews wants to bolster the ranks of women in the RCMP .
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In science:

These inferences have been bolstered by the unambiguous measurement of a weak (∼ 360 G) field in the chemically normal B1 IIIe star β Cephei (Donati et al. 2001).
Magnetic Fields in Massive Stars. II. The Buoyant Rise of Magnetic Flux Tubes Through the Radiative Interior
To bolster the red end of the relations, the RECONS sample has been supplemented with the stars listed in Table 2.
The Solar Neighborhood X: New Nearby Stars in the Southern Sky and Accurate Photometric Distance Estimates for Red Dwarfs
This view was bolstered by increasing evidence that average coronal temperatures (in open magnetic regions feeding the solar wind) probably did not exceed ∼2 million K, thus making the slow wind easier to explain with Parker’s basic theory.
Coronal Heating versus Solar Wind Acceleration
This center-to-limb effect bolstered the argument for resonance scattering of λ15.01, given that the limb photons traverse a longer path (cf, Phillips et al. 1996).
The Transparency of Solar Coronal Active Regions
Therefore we give an additional argument which bolsters the conclusion that the slope of the kink diverges in a finite time.
Real-time D-brane condensation
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