bolter

noun bolt·er \ ˈbōl-tər \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of bolter

plural bolters
1 : one that bolts: such as
a : a horse given to running away
b : a voter who bolts from a political party
2 military aviation : a failed attempt to land on an aircraft carrier that occurs when an aircraft's tailhook misses the arresting gear on the carrier's deck so that the aircraft is required to take off again without stopping
  • … more than a third of night carrier approaches end as bolters.
  • —Peter Garrison

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1699

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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