bol·lard | \ˈbä-lərd, 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

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Throughout, bits and pieces of the old factory are incorporated: old syrup tanks, mooring bollards, catwalks reminiscent of those once ubiquitous inside the refinery and, most notably, two old loading cranes hunched at the northern end. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "Sweet Design on the Brooklyn Waterfront," 30 June 2018 Both the prosecution and the defense agreed Swartz fired through the bollards in the border fence, killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez on Oct. 10, 2012. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz found not guilty in cross-border slaying of Mexican teen," 23 Apr. 2018 The city is spending $50 million on protective measures including the installation of 1,500 metal barriers, or bollards, in key locations around the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Tuesday. Washington Post, "National news in brief: Some NYC locations to get permanent security barriers," 6 Mar. 2018 In Starr County to the west, eight miles of similar bollard fencing will be built atop concrete wall at a cost of $196 million. Molly Hennessy-fiske,, "The great test for Trump's border wall: Texas' Rio Grande Valley," 30 Apr. 2018 At the time of the crash, there was a wide gap between the last bollard and the nearest building, according to a legal brief prepared by attorneys for the Gruppioni family. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "L.A. to pay up to $14 million to settle lawsuits over deadly Venice Beach boardwalk crash," 5 June 2018 The San Diego project will be similar to the one in Santa Teresa — bollards with a steel plate at the top. Kate Morrissey,, "Border construction begins in San Diego," 1 June 2018 Two graphic grids have been erected on the two other sides of the site, and bollards will be set up all around. Sylvie Corbet,, "Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower," 14 June 2018 The Santa Teresa version has an opaque steel plate at the top of its bollards that a Department of Homeland Security official explained is an anti-climb feature. Kate Morrissey,, "Border construction begins in San Diego," 1 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bollard

: 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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