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bolster

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noun bol·ster \ˈbōl-stər\

Simple Definition of bolster

  • : a long bag of cloth completely filled with soft material : a long pillow or cushion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bolster

  1. 1 :  a long pillow or cushion

  2. 2 :  a structural part designed to eliminate friction or provide support or bearing

Origin of bolster

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English belg bag — more at belly


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with bolster


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bolster

verb bol·ster

Simple Definition of bolster

  • : to make (something) stronger or better : to give support to (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bolster

bolsteredbolstering play \-st(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to support with or as if with a bolster :  reinforce

  3. 2 :  to give a boost to <news that bolstered his spirits>

bolsterer play \-stər-ər\ noun

Examples of bolster in a sentence

  1. She came with me to bolster my confidence.

  2. a convincing argument that was bolstered by the speaker's reputation

  3. She is thinking of ways to bolster her career.



15th Century

First Known Use of bolster

15th century


BOLSTER Defined for Kids

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bolster

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noun bol·ster \ˈbōl-stər\

Definition of bolster for Students

  1. :  a long pillow or cushion sometimes used to support bed pillows




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bolster

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verb bol·ster

Definition of bolster for Students

bolsteredbolstering

  1. :  to support with or as if with a bolster <We tried to bolster their courage.>




Law Dictionary

bolster

transitive verb bol·ster \ˈbōl-stər\

Legal Definition of bolster

  1. :  to use evidence usu. improperly to give weight to (evidence already introduced)





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