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 Crews already had finished installing the bollard-fence panels by Jan. 20 and Barnard had received $325 million to date, according to the corps. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2021 The installation of bollard fencing had been completed on the remaining projects, but the contracts to finish construction on other components such as lighting and gates originally stretched into the summer of this year for most of them. Rafael Carranza, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2021 But as a man standing on a concrete bollard nearby began reading the verdict, Metger’s pessimism gave way to hope and joy. Clyde Mcgrady, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 While in office, Trump abandoned his original plan for a concrete wall and agreed to build 30-foot-tall steel bollard fences and vehicle barriers., 30 June 2021 Though Trump had long insisted Mexico would pay for his border wall, the project, more than 450 miles of 18- to 30-foot steel-bollard fencing, was funded entirely by the U.S. government, at nearly $30 million a mile. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 When Trump left office in January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said about 226 miles of new steel-bollard barrier had been built in the state. azcentral, 15 Apr. 2021 For example, near the town of Sasabe, 20 foot gaps in fencing were blocked by barbed wire or stacked bollard fencing that had not yet been erected. azcentral, 15 Apr. 2021 The Trump administration installed more than 20 miles of 30-foot bollard fencing in the El Centro Sector, including the first sections of new barriers completed under his term. Rafael Carranza, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2021

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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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“Bollard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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