bolt·​er | \ ˈbōl-tər How to pronounce bolter (audio) \
plural bolters

Definition of bolter

1 : one that bolts: such as
a : a horse given to running away
b : a person who ends his or her affiliation with 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

Examples of bolter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the prospect of becoming a bolter, while clearly terrifying for Fanny and Linda, is also, on some level, deeply alluring. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 27 July 2021 The bolter seeks a less bothersome place, free from stressors or sensory overloads. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of bolter

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Aug 2021

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“Bolter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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