bol·​lard | \ ˈbä-lərd How to pronounce bollard (audio) , British also ˈbä-ˌläd \

Definition of bollard

1 : a post of metal or wood on a wharf around which to fasten mooring lines
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

Examples of bollard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The steel bollard construction is the winning candidate from eight wall designs. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Privately Built Border Wall Will Fail, Engineering Report Shows," 3 Sep. 2020 The officer suggested the truck may have struck a yellow fire plug or parking bollard. John Benson, cleveland, "Brecksville Horticulture Department truck damaged: Brecksville Police Blotter," 26 Aug. 2020 The grant will help pay for installing a new stage with shell cover, solar bollard lighting and fully accessible seating. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Victory Over Violence Park's renovations on King Drive receive grant to help fund community performance venue," 21 Aug. 2020 Republicans are largely following President Trump’s lead and have tried to obtain billions of dollars of funding to put up a steel bollard fence on the southern border. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Teen arrested after $26K of meth flown over Mexican border by drone," 5 June 2020 Construction to build two miles of bollard fencing at the Memorial is projected to wrap up in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, "Border wall construction to start at national park, restrict access to the Arizona Trail," 11 July 2020 In both private construction projects, the group hired Fisher Industries of Dickinson, North Dakota, and its subsidiary Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. to build the bollard fencing. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Trump administration wants input on private border wall construction," 5 June 2020 From the beginning of Trump’s presidency, CBP officials embraced, and modified, his original vision for a Great Wall-style edification along the border, resulting in the see-through steel bollard design now under construction. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Trump administration hires tech firm to build a virtual border wall, an idea Democrats have praised," 2 July 2020 Unlike the bollard fences that the government builds 6 to 7 feet into the ground, Fisher’s wall has roughly a 2 1/2-foot foundation that stretches 8 feet wide. Jeremy Schwartz, ProPublica, "He Built a Privately Funded Border Wall. It’s Already at Risk of Falling Down if Not Fixed.," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of bollard

circa 1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bollard

perhaps from bole

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7 Sep 2020

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“Bollard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bollard

British : 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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