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bolster

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noun bol·ster \ˈbōl-stər\

Definition of bolster

  1. 1 :  a long pillow or cushion

  2. 2 :  a structural part designed to eliminate friction or provide support or bearing (see bearing 5)

Recent Examples of bolster from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of bolster

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English belg bag — more at belly


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bolster

verb bol·ster

Definition of bolster

bolstered

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bolstering

play \-st(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to support with or as if with a bolster :  reinforce lay bolstered up in bed extra men will bolster already augmented dock details — Stanley Levey

  3. 2 :  to give a boost to news that bolstered his spirits

bolsterer

play \-stər-ər\ noun

Examples of bolster in a Sentence

  1. She came with me to bolster my confidence.

  2. a convincing argument that was bolstered by the speaker's reputation

  3. She is thinking of ways to bolster her career.

Recent Examples of bolster from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of bolster

see 1bolster


BOLSTER Defined for English Language Learners

bolster

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noun

Definition of bolster for English Language Learners

  • : a long bag of cloth completely filled with soft material : a long pillow or cushion

bolster

verb

Definition of bolster for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) stronger or better : to give support to (something)


BOLSTER Defined for Kids

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bolster

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noun bol·ster \ˈbōl-stər\

Definition of bolster for Students

  1. :  a long pillow or cushion sometimes used to support bed pillows


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bolster

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verb bol·ster

Definition of bolster for Students

bolstered

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bolstering

  1. :  to support with or as if with a bolster We tried to bolster their courage.


Law Dictionary

bolster

transitive verb bol·ster \ˈbōl-stər\

Legal Definition of bolster

  1. :  to use evidence usually improperly to give weight to (evidence already introduced)



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