bollard

noun bol·lard \ ˈbä-lərd , British also -ˌlärd \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of bollard

1 :a post of metal or wood on a wharf around which to fasten mooring lines
2 :bitt 1
3 chiefly British :any of a series of short posts set at intervals to delimit an area (such as a traffic island) or to exclude vehicles

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Origin and Etymology of bollard

perhaps from bole


BOLLARD Defined for English Language Learners

bollard

noun

Definition of bollard for English Language Learners

  • : a post that prevents vehicles from going into an area where people can wait in the middle of a road

  • : a post around which a rope may be tied to keep a boat close to land


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