• WordNet 3.6
    • n Boulder a town in north central Colorado; Rocky Mountains resort center and university town
    • n boulder a large smooth mass of rock detached from its place of origin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Officially, the term "boulder" is applied only to stones larger than 10 inches in diameter.
    • Boulder A large stone, worn smooth or rounded by the action of water; a large pebble.
    • Boulder (Geol) A mass of any rock, whether rounded or not, that has been transported by natural agencies from its native bed. See Drift.
    • n Boulder bōl"dẽr Same as Bowlder.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The state of Utah used to be submerged under water and to this day brine shrimp can still be found in rain-filled hollows under rocks and boulders.
    • n boulder A loose rock, or one which has been torn from its native bed and transported to some distance. As ordinarily used, the word indicates a piece of rock which is larger than a pebble or cobble, whose edges have become weather-worn and more or less rounded, and which lies upon the surface.
    • boulder To wear smooth, as an emery-wheel, by abrading with small flint pebbles. Also spelled bowlder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The odds of seeing three albino deer at once are one in seventy-nine billion, yet one man in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, took a picture of three albino deer in the woods.
    • n Boulder bōld′ėr a large stone rounded by the action of water:
    • adj Boulder containing boulders
    • n Boulder bōld′ėr (geol.) a mass of rock transported by natural agencies from its native bed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. bullra, to roar, rattle, Dan. buldre, dial. Sw. bullersteen, larger kind of pebbles; perh. akin to E. bellow,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Acc. to Wedgwood, from Swed. bullra, Dan. buldre, to roar like thunder, as large pebbles do.


In literature:

The road is among rocks and boulders.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Presently, from above a big boulder, a head appeared cautiously.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
In one or two places, such as near the river at Ponte Keimada, I smashed some of the larger boulders of yellow lava.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Little buttes and strewn boulders lay everywhere.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
After we had come to the boulder, the Lapp hid at one end of it, I at the other.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Then there were a few boulders and large stones scattered around.
"The Phantom of the River" by Edward S. Ellis
I climbed up; and sitting down upon a loose boulder of rock, looked over the prairie.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He sprang, he almost tumbled up, but before he could fire, a jealous boulder intervened.
"The Eagle Cliff" by R.M. Ballantyne
Quite near to the same boulder a wounded Indian was vainly trying to mount his pony.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
That night he and Moses camped near the boulders, and at daylight the latter went after the horses, leaving the poor trooper asleep.
"Tom Gerrard 1904" by Louis Becke

In poetry:

Yet for a while
Thwart me, O boulders;
I need for laugher
Your serious shoulders.
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Do you not fear,
O rocks and boulders,
To feel my laughter
On your broad shoulders?
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Tightly closing eyelids.
Heights and cloudy spheres.
Rivers. Waters. Boulders.
Centuries and years.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
'Mid the rocks and rounded boulders.
Of that mazy mountain-side,
Long I wandered. wailing, sighing.
Till I saw a cavern wide.
"Wambala of the Streams." by R S Ward
As long, gnarl'd roots enclasp
Some red boulder, fierce entwine
His strong fingers, in their grasp
Bowl of bright Caecuban wine.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"This shorn and wasted mountain land
Of underbrush and boulder,--
Who thinks to see its full-grown tree
Must live a century older."
"The Wood Giant" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Boulder man with leg injury also rescued Tuesday.
A 27-year-old man from Boulder had to be rescued Tuesday after he suffered a "significant" leg injury while hiking near Lake Haiyaha.
Boulder company takes athletes to 'places no one else has been'.
Olympian Roberto Carcelen, shown here in Peru, started a Boulder-based company called Inca Runners to lead elite athletes to Peru to run along the ancient Inca trails.
A pair of African penguins snooze at Boulders Beach near Simon's Town, South Africa.
Boulder County Community Infant Parent Program, 303-661-0433.
2785 Iris Ave, Boulder 303-443-5100
Daniel Jung spent some time rock climbing in southern France last year and recently sent the following report and video of his redpoint of INGA (5.14d), a combo route that starts with a boulder problem and finishes with roped climbing.
Boulder Integrative Therapies Announces its New Website.
Boulder sheriff IDs ' Jane Doe ' as Dorothy Gay Howard.
Photo of Dorothy Gay Howard, who has been identified as Boulder's " Jane Doe ".
Carbonara Pizza at Pizzeria Locale in Boulder.
Culver City man collapsed and fell into a crevasse while climbing over boulders.
With 39 sites scattered around towering boulders, Hidden Valley Campground is a removed alternative that's perfect for rock scrambling.
Lee Hill pulls his truck over to the curb in an older, tree-lined Boulder neighborhood.

In science:

Cf. ISO WD 24617-4, Language resource management — Semantic annotation framework — Part 5: Semantic Roles (SemAF-SRL), edited by Martha Palmer, University of Colorado Boulder.
Stabilizing knowledge through standards - A perspective for the humanities
Green at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Diagram calculus for a type affine $C$ Temperley--Lieb algebra, II
From 1985 to 2000, he was Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Locally Most Powerful Invariant Tests for Correlation and Sphericity of Gaussian Vectors
After spending several years as visiting fellow, from 1991 to 1994 he was professor of physics and JILA Fellow at JILA and at the Physics Department of the University of Colorado, Boulder USA.
Condensed Matter Theory of Dipolar Quantum Gases
Jegerlehner, F., 1991, Renormalization of the Standard Model, (Lectures given at the “Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in Elementary Particle Physics” (TASI), University of Colorado, Boulder, June 1990).
Radiative Corrections in Precision Electroweak Physics: a Historical Perspective