bolt·​er ˈbōl-tər How to pronounce bolter (audio)
plural bolters
: one that bolts: such as
: a horse given to running away
: a person who ends his or her affiliation with a political party
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

Examples of bolter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to his obituary, the Perry County man was an underground roof bolter., 15 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bolter was in 1699

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“Bolter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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