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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Workers are replacing a two-mile stretch of wire-mesh fencing east of Lukeville with 30-foot bollards. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Second border wall replacement project starts in Yuma, uses military funds," 10 Sep. 2019 The first panels of the new 30-foot bollards have already gone up, according to the U.S. Border Patrol in the Yuma Sector. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Second border wall replacement project starts in Yuma, uses military funds," 10 Sep. 2019 This striping will also add protection to existing bike lanes with plastic bollards or parking protection. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday traffic: Traffic down to two lanes on the Going Street Bridge," 9 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, UTSA’s Center for Archaeological Research is providing technical support at six construction excavation units in the plaza, where heavy-duty safety bollards are being installed to keep vehicles off Alamo property. Scott Huddleston,, "Early mission-era artifact unearthed in downtown San Antonio at Alamo," 30 Aug. 2019 New York City tried something similar, using paint, rubber curb and bollards to demarcate the turn lane. Rachel Swan,, "SF redesigns busy intersections as 2019 traffic fatalities outpace last year," 29 Aug. 2019 The east end of the street is blocked by bollards screwed into receptacles. Steven Litt,, "Ohio City’s Market Avenue street furniture returns, city orders safety modifications," 9 Aug. 2019 The most visible safety upgrade is the addition of bollards -- 5-foot-high metal posts anchored by rebar and sunk into 12 inches of concrete -- being installed this month on sidewalks along the Strip. Jay Jones,, "Las Vegas' new safety features? The city wants to stay fun -- and secure," 12 July 2019 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

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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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