bolter

noun

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

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bolter was in 1699

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Cite this Entry

“Bolter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bolter. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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