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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Kichler Lighting, which moved its headquarters from Independence to Solon earlier this year, will donate bollard path lights, cylinder wall lights, two-light spotlights and several outdoor wall lanterns, according to the ordinance. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2022 The firing and beta cutoff occurred shortly after Bernal posted a video on February 4 of a minor accident in which his Tesla car hit a bollard that appears to separate a car lane from a bike lane in San Jose. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2022 In March 2021 smugglers hacked through an entire segment of bollard fencing in the El Centro sector, creating an opening wide enough for two SUVs loaded with migrants to drive through. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Mar. 2022 And at one point, the most advanced driver-assistance product available to consumers appears to slam into a bike lane bollard at 11 mph. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 From 2017 to 2021, approximately 226 miles of 30-foot bollard fencing went up on federal lands in Arizona. Clara Migoya, The Arizona Republic, 31 Dec. 2021 The Trump administration completed more than 450 miles of 18- to 30-foot steel-bollard fencing topped with anti-climbing plates along stretches of the international boundary. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 23 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

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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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