Definition of bollard
1 : a post of metal or wood on a wharf around which to fasten mooring lines
2 : bitt 1
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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That could involve installing more steel posts along the avenue, called bollards, like the ones that eventually halted the progress of Rojas’ car.
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Origin and Etymology of bollard
perhaps from bole
First Known Use: circa 1763See Words from the same year
BOLLARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bollard for English Language Learners
: 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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