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1bolster

noun bol·ster \ˈbōl-stər\

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

Full Definition of BOLSTER

1
:  a long pillow or cushion
2
:  a structural part designed to eliminate friction or provide support or bearing
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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

2bolster

verb

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

bol·steredbol·ster·ing \-st(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of BOLSTER

transitive verb
1
:  to support with or as if with a bolster :  reinforce
2
:  to give a boost to <news that bolstered his spirits>
bol·ster·er \-stər-ər\ noun

Examples of BOLSTER

  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.

First Known Use of BOLSTER

15th century
BOLSTERER Defined for Kids

1bolster

noun bol·ster \ˈbōl-stər\

Definition of BOLSTER for Kids

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

2bolster

verb
bol·steredbol·ster·ing

Definition of BOLSTER for Kids

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

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