boulder

noun
boul·​der | \ ˈbōl-dər How to pronounce boulder (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of boulder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a detached and rounded or much-worn mass of rock

Boulder

geographical name
Boul·​der | \ ˈbōl-dər How to pronounce Boulder (audio) \

Definition of Boulder (Entry 2 of 2)

city northwest of Denver in north central Colorado population 97,385

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Other Words from boulder

Noun

bouldered \ ˈbōl-​dərd How to pronounce bouldered (audio) \ adjective
bouldery \ ˈbōl-​d(ə-​)rē How to pronounce bouldery (audio) \ adjective

Examples of boulder in a Sentence

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Except, lifting an odd-shaped boulder is a lot different than lifting a kettlebell or medicine ball. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried Underwater Rock Running, the Endurance Workout Surfers Swear By," 28 Feb. 2019 The shallow quake set off landslides on the mountain that's carpeted in boulders and rocks, blocking usual paths out. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Deadly Indonesia earthquake leaves hundreds of tourists stranded on mountain," 31 July 2018 The shallow quake set off landslides on the mountain that’s carpeted in boulders and rocks, blocking usual paths out. Rosyidin Sembahulun, The Seattle Times, "Hundreds stranded on Indonesian mountain after earthquake," 30 July 2018 The new look suggests boulders and cliffs of foliage lining the run. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wekiva and Rock Springs Run cure stress with gorgeous gators and hypnotic rain," 1 June 2018 Another Korean video artist, Hyun-Ki Park, is on view at Gallery Hyundai (519, F14), with an installation of televisions nestled amid boulders and photographs of Mr. Park hefting a television. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "30 Must-See Artists at the Armory Show," 8 Mar. 2018 Erickson took pictures of faint images and photographed boulders with no apparent art. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Discovery of hidden drawings puts Poway Native American art in a class of its own," 9 July 2018 Multiple readers on both Facebook and in the story’s comment section suggested building jetties and using boulders to help mitigate sand erosion. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Build sea walls and jetties, plant mangroves — readers share their alternatives to piling sand on beaches," 11 June 2018 This one—with its boulder opal center surrounded by diamonds and four diopsides—is particularly stunning. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Online Staff Writer Lane Florsheim’s Holiday Gift Guide: Color Their World," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of boulder

Noun

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boulder

Noun

short for boulder stone, from Middle English bulder ston, partial translation of a word of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect bullersten large stone in a stream, from buller noise + sten stone

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The first known use of boulder was in 1607

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boulder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of boulder

: a very large stone or rounded piece of rock

boulder

noun
boul·​der | \ ˈbōl-dər\

Kids Definition of boulder

: a very large rounded piece of rock

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