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

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Those vehicle barriers are slated to be replaced with bollard-style fencing later this year, using military funds to pay for the project. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Large groups of migrants stop crossing at the Arizona-Mexico border," 19 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, UTSA’s Center for Archaeological Research is providing support for six excavations in Alamo Plaza for installation of safety bollards — barriers to keep cars off the property. Scott Huddleston,, "Alamo’s oldest wall being studied in ‘unprecedented’ digs," 13 Aug. 2019 The city is installing bollards and new paint at several Colfax intersections, but a larger $20 million safety project can’t proceed on segments of East Colfax Avenue amid delays to the bus-rapid transit project. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Denver will lower some speed limits to combat bicyclist and other traffic deaths," 7 Aug. 2019 In July, Ohio City closed off the ends of the street with bollards at West 25th and bicycle racks at West 26th. Robert Higgs,, "Cafe chairs, tables return to popular popup street park on Market Avenue in Ohio City," 9 Aug. 2019 Keeping you safe Let the good times roll under the watchful eye of 40 new officers on the Vegas force and bollards — pole-like barriers — that keep cars from running into pedestrians who pack the sidewalks on Las Vegas Boulevard. Los Angeles Times, "Vegas Escapes: The city is keeping a close eye on you," 25 July 2019 The painted islands already act as a buffer between bicyclists and cars, but bollards are an additional, physical barrier between car space and bike space. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown San Diego streets make way for protected bike lanes, causing excitement, confusion," 14 July 2019 Protesters uprooted metal fences from surrounding streets and dragged heavy bollards and bins to barricade the streets. The Economist, "Hong Kong protesters storm the legislative council," 30 June 2019 Suite 100, to discuss permits for a shade structure at the tot lot and pathway lighting bollards at Powerhouse Park; and fees for electric vehicle charging at the new Civic Center. Laura Groch,, "On the agenda, May 20," 20 May 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

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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