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1bolt

noun \ˈbōlt\

Definition of BOLT

1
a :  a shaft or missile designed to be shot from a crossbow or catapult; especially :  a short stout usually blunt-headed arrow
b :  a lightning stroke; also :  thunderbolt
2
a :  a wood or metal bar or rod used to fasten a door
b :  the part of a lock that is shot or withdrawn by the key
3
:  a roll of cloth or wallpaper of specified length
4
:  a metal rod or pin for fastening objects together that usually has a head at one end and a screw thread at the other and is secured by a nut
5
a :  a block of timber to be sawed or cut
b :  a short round section of a log
6
:  a metal cylinder that drives the cartridge into the chamber of a firearm, locks the breech, and usually contains the firing pin and extractor

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Origin of BOLT

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German bolz crossbow bolt, and perhaps to Lithuanian beldėti to beat
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

Rhymes with BOLT

2bolt

verb

Definition of BOLT

intransitive verb
1
:  to move suddenly or nervously :  start
2
:  to move or proceed rapidly :  dash
3
a :  to dart off or away :  flee
b :  to break away from control or a set course
4
:  to break away from or oppose one's previous affiliation (as with a political party or sports team)
5
:  to produce seed prematurely
transitive verb
1
a archaic :  shoot, discharge
b :  flush, start <bolt rabbits>
2
:  to say impulsively :  blurt
3
:  to secure with a bolt <bolt the door>
4
:  to attach or fasten with bolts
5
:  to eat hastily or without chewing <bolted his breakfast>
6
:  to break away from or refuse to support (as a political party)

First Known Use of BOLT

13th century

3bolt

adverb

: with the back in a very straight position

Full Definition of BOLT

1
:  in an erect or straight-backed position :  rigidly <sat bolt upright>
2
archaic :  directly, straight

Examples of BOLT

  1. She sat bolt upright, staring straight ahead.

First Known Use of BOLT

14th century

4bolt

noun

Definition of BOLT

:  the act or an instance of bolting

First Known Use of BOLT

1550

5bolt

verb

Definition of BOLT

transitive verb
1
:  to sift (as flour) usually through fine-meshed cloth
2
archaic :  sift 2

Origin of BOLT

Middle English bulten, from Anglo-French buleter, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German biuteln to sift, from biutel bag, from Old High German būtil
First Known Use: 13th century

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