bolster

noun
bol·​ster | \ ˈbōl-stər How to pronounce bolster (audio) \

Definition of bolster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long pillow or cushion
2 : a structural part designed to eliminate friction or provide support or bearing (see bearing sense 5)

bolster

verb
bolstered; bolstering\ ˈbōl-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce bolstering (audio) \

Definition of bolster (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to support with or as if with a bolster : reinforce lay bolstered up in bed extra men will bolster already augmented dock details— Stanley Levey
2 : to give a boost to news that bolstered his spirits

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Other Words from bolster

Verb

bolsterer \ ˈbōl-​stər-​ər How to pronounce bolsterer (audio) \ noun

Examples of bolster in a Sentence

Verb She came with me to bolster my confidence. a convincing argument that was bolstered by the speaker's reputation She is thinking of ways to bolster her career.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Among the provisions in the bill: A $300 bolster to weekly unemployment benefits – reduced from a $600 boost that expired in July – that will run through Dec. 27. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Senate set to vote on scaled-down coronavirus relief package even as fate of bill appears bleak," 11 Sep. 2020 The kit includes premium over-ear headphones that connect directly to the revolutionary bolster. Popular Science, "This kit delivers an immersive experience for meditating at home," 10 Sep. 2020 Overnight, senior care communities across the state were inundated with requests for in-person visits at all hours of the day, which left facilities scrambling to craft safety protocols and bolster staffing. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "As COVID-19 cases spike, Minnesota families remain locked out of senior homes," 2 Sep. 2020 Square, rectangular, or bolster, patterned or plain, decorative pillows add extra oomph to your bed. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How a Professional Home Stylist Makes the Perfect Bed," 25 June 2020 Each knife in the Modernist 13 Piece Block Set features a bolster for sturdy, balanced cutting. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "July 4th deals: Wayfair offers up to 70% sales on outdoor, kitchen, bath, bedding, furniture & more," 26 June 2020 Every possible bolster on this seat is adjustable, and the lumbar support even incorporates three small, inflatable bags. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Toyota Celica GT-S Highlights the Joys of Rear-Wheel Drive," 19 June 2020 The bolsters on the front seats remain large and firm. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Begs to Be Driven Hard," 2 Apr. 2020 New projections from Columbia University bolster Whitmer's concerns, with researchers warning that loosening restrictions too soon may backfire on states and could lead to an additional 10,000 new infections a day by June. Tresa Baldas, Freep.com, "Age of Resistance: How a virus riled up Michigan and spawned a rebellion," 17 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The move will bolster Trump’s claims ahead of the November election to be helping bring peace to the Middle East and seeing success in efforts to extract U.S. forces from the region. David Wainer, Bloomberg.com, "Bahrain Joins UAE in Establishing Diplomatic Ties With Israel," 11 Sep. 2020 At any other time the rush of diners to Black Market on Mass Ave would bolster hope for restaurants amid the economic crush of the coronavirus pandemic. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "'We wanted to get here one last time': Diners say goodbye to Black Market, Rook," 9 Sep. 2020 Sophomore Xavier Weaver and Latrell Williams, who transferred from Tennessee in 2019, could also bolster the Bulls’ offense. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "USF football preview: Jeff Scott returns home to restore Bulls program," 8 Sep. 2020 One-on-one conversations are deeply inspiring and bolster your sense of security and connection to your circle or community. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for September 7, 2020," 7 Sep. 2020 The recent decline in borrowing costs is a result of the European Central Bank’s massive monetary stimulus program, which includes generous loans made to the region’s banks to bolster the flow of money to businesses and households. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "Oversupply of Easy Money Sends European Borrowing Rates to Record Low," 3 Sep. 2020 In the most glaring instance of abuse, an FBI lawyer was found to have altered an email to change its meaning and bolster the bureau's FISA application to surveil Page. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Barr issues new rules for FBI surveillance warrants of political figures," 2 Sep. 2020 Clevinger, one of Cleveland’s top three starters, certainly would bolster the White Sox’s thin rotation, joining Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel and Dylan Cease. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Indians talking Mike Clevinger trade with AL Central rival White Sox," 30 Aug. 2020 Russia also aims to bolster Assad's regime, securing a foothold in the Middle East with a warm-water port and positioning itself to exploit Syria’s oil wealth. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "‘Dangerous and unacceptable’: Deconfliction with Russia in Syria breaks down," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bolster

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bolster

Noun and Verb

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

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Time Traveler for bolster

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The first known use of bolster was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bolster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bolster. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for bolster

bolster

noun
How to pronounce bolster (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bolster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bolster

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bolster (Entry 2 of 2)

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

bolster

noun
bol·​ster | \ ˈbōl-stər How to pronounce bolster (audio) \

Kids Definition of bolster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bolster

verb
bolstered; bolstering

Kids Definition of bolster (Entry 2 of 2)

: to support with or as if with a bolster We tried to bolster their courage.
bol·​ster | \ ˈbōl-stər \

Legal Definition of bolster

: to use evidence usually improperly to give weight to (evidence already introduced)

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