bol·​lard ˈbä-lərd How to pronounce bollard (audio)
 British also  ˈbä-ˌläd
: a post of metal or wood on a wharf around which to fasten mooring lines
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 wall replacement project in California was largely completed under the Trump administration, switching out shorter Vietnam-era landing mat barrier with 30-foot bollards topped by smooth panels. Alexandra Mendoza, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2024 Environmental design could include things like traffic bollards to close streets at certain times without pulling police off patrol, a measure the city has already decided to spend $140,000 to implement in the West 7th area, Parker’s office told the Star-Telegram in an email. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Mar. 2024 An epidemic of auto thefts in Canada’s largest city has left many residents exasperated, with some getting creative about deterrence efforts, such as installing bollards in home driveways. Vjosa Isai, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2024 Lot owners will be responsible for maintenance beyond the one-time funding assistance, which includes bollards, planters, trash receptacles, benches and other beautification efforts. Detroit Free Press, 21 Feb. 2024 If there isn’t enough money for an infrastructure solution right away, the city puts up temporary bollards. Jeff McMurray, Fortune, 2 Mar. 2024 Construction plans from Customs and Border Protection describe an 18-foot portable barrier, different from the 30-foot bollard design used during much of the Trump administration. Quinn Owen, ABC News, 5 Oct. 2023 Other ideas floated at Tuesday’s meeting include removable bollards and a street mural. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 There have been some efforts to fix the situation by DOT — currently plastic bollards cordon off a section of the No Standing zone on Flatbush so there’s a space off the sidewalk for the mopeds and e-bikes to park. Clio Chang, Curbed, 8 Jan. 2024

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Word History


perhaps from bole

First Known Use

circa 1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bollard was circa 1763

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“Bollard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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bol·​lard ˈbäl-ərd How to pronounce bollard (audio)
: a post of metal or wood on a wharf around which to fasten mooring lines

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