bol·lard | \ ˈbä-lərd , 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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At the time of the crash, there was a wide gap between the last bollard and the nearest building, according to a legal brief prepared by attorneys for the Gruppioni family. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "L.A. to pay up to $14 million to settle lawsuits over deadly Venice Beach boardwalk crash," 5 June 2018 The San Diego project will be similar to the one in Santa Teresa — bollards with a steel plate at the top. Kate Morrissey,, "Border construction begins in San Diego," 1 June 2018 Two graphic grids have been erected on the two other sides of the site, and bollards will be set up all around. Sylvie Corbet,, "Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower," 14 June 2018 The Santa Teresa version has an opaque steel plate at the top of its bollards that a Department of Homeland Security official explained is an anti-climb feature. Kate Morrissey,, "Border construction begins in San Diego," 1 June 2018 Architect Smith and others say there are ways, using retractable bollards and other movable barriers, to temporarily or periodically close Alamo Street to traffic, for parades for example, but not block it off permanently. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Officials try to avoid battle over Alamo plan," 8 July 2018 It’s designated for a stretch of bollard-style fencing near San Diego. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 Democrats and Republicans generally agree to a baseline of $1.6 billion to construct about 60 miles of bollard fencing in the Rio Grande Valley. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Proposed DACA pathway complicates border wall funding," 25 June 2018 Davidson estimated that the bollard business is a $500-million industry in the U.S. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hundreds of posts surrounding the new Milwaukee Bucks arena aim to prevent terror attacks," 5 Feb. 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

: 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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