bolster

noun
bol·​ster | \ ˈbōl-stər How to pronounce bolster (audio) \

Definition of bolster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a long pillow or cushion
2 : a structural part designed to eliminate friction or provide support or bearing (see bearing sense 5)

bolster

verb
bolstered; bolstering\ ˈbōl-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce bolster (audio) \

Definition of bolster (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from bolster

Verb

bolsterer \ ˈbōl-​stər-​ər How to pronounce bolster (audio) \ noun

Examples of bolster in a Sentence

Verb She came with me to bolster my confidence. a convincing argument that was bolstered by the speaker's reputation She is thinking of ways to bolster her career.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But outside court, Powell has continued to play to Trump's base and bolster theories related to the big lie. Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 1 June 2021 Your bolster bandage will most likely be taken off a week after your skin-grafting procedure. Devon Abelman, Allure, 25 May 2021 Then there’s Milana’s Masand chair—made out of artful bolster cushions—which is captivating the eye of the high-design world. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 3 May 2021 The bed also features a bolster around three sides that dogs can rest their heads on or lean into while sleeping. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 31 Mar. 2021 There are cutouts in each side bolster and four more huge holes in the seat back, leading one to believe that these seats are much lighter than the standard ones—21 pounds lighter, in fact. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 9 Mar. 2021 Manvel head coach Kevin Hall saw Medlock’s maturity bolster in his sophomore season, including his ability to adapt well to complicated defensive schemes and help others become better. Stephen Means, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2020 Yet another system moves the driver, or front passenger, as much as 2.75-inches away from the impact zone by rapidly inflating the seat’s side bolster, reducing the load on the occupant during an accident if a lateral collision is detected. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2021 The bolster has a unique size and shape to provide deep physical vibrations that pulse evenly throughout your body. Popular Science, 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Views of 9,299-foot Mount Elden and 9,018-foot Little Elden Mountain bolster the trail’s western edge. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2021 If successful, the initiative could help reopen the global economy, bolster U.S. relations with countries that receive the doses, and reduce the possibility of variants emerging that are virus-resistant. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, 6 June 2021 But the Constitution has been repeatedly amended to broaden and bolster voting rights, including protections against discrimination based on gender and race. Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 This will bolster the company’s EPS growth going forward. Trefis Team, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Beyond its handling and performance, the i4's quiet interior should bolster its potential as a soothing daily driver. Nelson Ireson, Car and Driver, 1 June 2021 House Democrats pushed Thursday for $1.9 billion to bolster security at the Capitol after the riot on Jan. 6, but Republicans called it a rush to judgment that should wait until security reviews about how to spend the money are completed. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 20 May 2021 There's still confusion on why law enforcement didn't bolster security prior to Jan. 6 after weeks of public concerns about pro-Trump extremists descending on Washington for a rally near the White House. Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 Officials said the funds should not be used by state and local governments to cut taxes, pay down debt or bolster reserve funds. BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of bolster

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bolster

Noun and Verb

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

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Time Traveler for bolster

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The first known use of bolster was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

15 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bolster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bolster. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for bolster

bolster

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bolster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bolster

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bolster (Entry 2 of 2)

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

bolster

noun
bol·​ster | \ ˈbōl-stər How to pronounce bolster (audio) \

Kids Definition of bolster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bolster

verb
bolstered; bolstering

Kids Definition of bolster (Entry 2 of 2)

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

bolster

transitive verb
bol·​ster | \ ˈbōl-stər \

Legal Definition of bolster

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

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