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 bolstering (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 bolsterer (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

Inside, Wrangler Black & Tan features a Wizard Black painted instrument panel mid bolster and Heritage Tan cloth seats. Houston Chronicle, "Good news for Jeep enthusiasts," 13 Sep. 2019 The front sport seats, with serious side and cushion bolsters, are firmly supportive with long thigh support. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 VW Arteon: a cure for the common sedan," 6 Sep. 2019 Even the seat-cushion bolsters are low enough to not give an annoying wedgie on entry or exit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "550-hp Jaguar F-Pace SVR: all claws, fangs and growl in a velvet coat," 15 Sep. 2019 Inside are ergonomic seats with generous bolsters, good elbow room, and generous 19.9 cubic feet of rear cargo capacity behind the 60/40 second-row seats. Sue Mead, Houston Chronicle, "Hyundai Veloster: Sporty compact curated with emotion, imagination," 13 Sep. 2019 The simple sport seats with manual height adjustment cradle and support without extreme bolsters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Boxster 718: preserving Porsche purity," 18 Aug. 2019 Everything that isn’t wrapped in leather is carbon fiber, aluminum or ballistic nylon on high-wear areas like seat bolsters. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Chevy breaks the mold with faster, more sophisticated 2020 Corvette Stingray," 18 July 2019 Each of them was keen to produce break-out moments—of the kind that might fly on social media, inspire cash contributions and bolster campaigns ahead of a months-long slog. The Economist, "The Democrats hold their first presidential primary debate," 27 June 2019 Funds allocated in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 to help governments in the Northern Triangle bolster security and crack down on transnational gangs will continue. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S. cuts millions in aid to Central America, fulfilling Trump's vow," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For 2021, Eggold laid out two scenarios, both with additional increases in chinook but one which also would also bolster other species. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The DNR has proposed increases in chinook stocking, and there's still time to weigh in," 14 Sep. 2019 In support of the law, Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett has argued that adding the penalties bolsters election security. Jonathan Mattise, SFChronicle.com, "Judge blocks Tennessee voter sign-up penalties, citing harm," 12 Sep. 2019 The combined Viacom and CBS has been expected to seek other deals that bolster its portfolio. Anousha Sakoui, Fortune, "Viacom Is Said to Emerge as the Front-Runner for a Stake in Miramax," 11 Sep. 2019 Set a state-level limit for PFAS that bolsters the health department’s authority to compel polluters to test and clean up contaminated groundwater, soil and creeks. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Colorado ramps up response to toxic “forever chemicals” after discovery of hot spots across metro Denver," 10 Sep. 2019 Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett has argued that adding penalties bolsters election security. Washington Post, "Judge: New voter signup penalties create ‘chilling effect’," 9 Sep. 2019 Trump has embraced Duda and the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party, and his visit could bolster them in parliamentary elections in October. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Trump plans second visit to Poland although he probably won’t get a ‘Fort Trump’," 29 Aug. 2019 And consumer advocates worry that new rules proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - the first major update to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in more than 40 years - could further bolster the industry. Author: Renae Merle, Anchorage Daily News, "Zombie debt: how collectors trick consumers into reviving dead debts," 9 Aug. 2019 The observation also bolsters our understanding of basic fire weather physics, says Craig Clements, director of the Fire Weather Research Laboratory at San Jose State University. Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, "To better grasp nuclear winter, scientists study wildfire cloud," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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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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