jolt

noun
\ ˈjōlt How to pronounce jolt (audio) \

Definition of jolt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an abrupt, sharp, jerky blow or movement awoke with a jolt
2a(1) : a sudden feeling of shock, surprise, or disappointment the news gave them a jolt
(2) : an event or development causing such a feeling the defeat was quite a jolt
b : a serious setback or reverse a severe financial jolt
3 : a small but potent or bracing portion of something a jolt of horseradish

jolt

verb
jolted; jolting; jolts

Definition of jolt (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to disturb the composure of : shock crudely jolted out of that mood— Virginia Woolf an announcement that jolted the community
b : to interfere with roughly, abruptly, and disconcertingly determination to pursue his own course was jolted badly— F. L. Paxson
2 : to cause to move with a sudden jerky motion passengers being jolted along a bumpy road
3 : to give a knock or blow to specifically : to jar with a quick or hard blow

intransitive verb

: to move with a sudden jerky motion

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Other Words from jolt

Noun

jolty \ ˈjōl-​tē How to pronounce jolty (audio) \ adjective

Verb

jolter noun

Examples of jolt in a Sentence

Noun I sprang out of bed with a jolt. The car stopped with a jolt. I got quite a jolt when I heard the door slam. The defeat was quite a jolt to the team. The stock market suffered a major jolt yesterday. She needed a jolt of caffeine to start her day. The unexpected praise he received gave him a jolt of confidence. Verb The explosion jolted the ship. He was jolted forward when the bus stopped suddenly. The loud bang jolted me awake. The attack jolted the country into action. She jolted the medical world with her announcement.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With India in the midst of an economic free fall, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government hopes to raise farmer incomes with a jolt of market-friendly common sense. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Farmers Will Reap the Benefits of Modi’s Reforms," 1 Oct. 2020 But Ginsburg’s death served as a jolt that further heightened the partisan dynamic in a state where Biden has a comfortable lead in polling, according to Democratic and GOP strategists. Author: Rachael Bade, Josh Dawsey, Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, "Republicans hope Supreme Court fight boosts Trump’s reelection bid, helps GOP hold Senate majority," 24 Sep. 2020 The save on the first penalty kick gave Orlando City a jolt of adrenaline; the second penalty kick left the Lions frustrated and reeling. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "3 things we learned from Orlando City’s win over Chicago," 19 Sep. 2020 Recipients have said the extra jolt of money from the federal government kept them afloat as the economy cratered amid stay-at-home orders and business closings. Geoff Mulvihill, chicagotribune.com, "Money for $300 unemployment boost to run out after 6 weeks, with no extension in sight," 10 Sep. 2020 After Byron Buxton returned from the IL on Tuesday, the Twins got another jolt to their lineup with Donaldson’s return. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Twins' Josh Donaldson returns to lineup, immediately produces," 2 Sep. 2020 The bulls have been focused on the stimulus package negotiations over the past two weeks as a potential markets jolt. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Stocks, oil futures bomb after Trump tests positive for COVID-19," 2 Oct. 2020 To provide a jolt of joy during our unprecedented times, and ahead of the Emmy-winning singing competition's 19th season premiere next month, The Voice coaches are hoping to raise our spirits with their group performance of Bob Marley's ″One Love. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "The Voice coaches want us to feel all right with performance of Bob Marley's 'One Love'," 30 Sep. 2020 If anything, the regularity of it all came as a surprise, a jolt back to reality. Rory Smith, New York Times, "On Empty Stages, Premier League Adds Substance to the Sales Pitch," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Astros scored five runs in the fourth inning on a pair of home runs by Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa to jolt the offense to life and lead the Astros to a series-clinching 11-6 win over Oakland in Game 4 at Dodger Stadium. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros pound A's in Game 4 to advance to fourth straight ALCS," 8 Oct. 2020 And jolt us Ruby’s PFW film did—but not in the way many expected. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Sterling Ruby Weighs In on His Fashion Week Film, Building a Brand, and His ‘More Fears Than Hopes’ for the U.S.A.," 30 Sep. 2020 Nighttime noises, tame or savage, will jolt many of us awake. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "How to sleep better — kids and grown-ups alike," 15 Sep. 2020 Investors are trading stock options and chasing fast-rising shares at record rates, activity that’s expected to jolt markets through the coming election. Gregory Zuckerman And Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "The Wildly Popular Trades Behind the Market’s Swoon and Surge," 13 Sep. 2020 Hoover received some college offers over the summer and could jolt a rebounding team. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, "High school football: All eyes – and targets – are on Corey Kiner, Roger Bacon in MVC," 21 Aug. 2020 But the 61-year-old hoped the violence that left a counterprotester dead and dozens injured would finally jolt local leaders into a commitment to address the city’s racial inequities. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "White supremacists made Charlottesville a symbol of racism. Black residents say it still is.," 11 Aug. 2020 In consequence, even record low interest rates have failed to jolt net mortgage supply. Christopher Maloney, Bloomberg.com, "Lowest Mortgage Rates Ever Spur Historic Jump in Bond Supply," 10 Aug. 2020 Analysts are warning a miss could jolt the markets. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global investors dump shares as Trump’s executive orders spook the markets," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of jolt

Noun

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for jolt

Verb and Noun

probably blend of obsolete joll to strike and jot to bump

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Last Updated

19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jolt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jolt. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for jolt

jolt

noun
How to pronounce jolt (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jolt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden, rough movement
: a sudden shock or surprise
: a small but powerful amount of something

jolt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jolt (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause (something or someone) to move in a quick and sudden way
: to move with a quick and sudden motion
: to surprise or shock (someone)

jolt

verb
\ ˈjōlt How to pronounce jolt (audio) \
jolted; jolting

Kids Definition of jolt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move or cause to move with a sudden jerky motion The train jolted to a stop.
2 : to cause to be upset The bad news jolted us.

jolt

noun

Kids Definition of jolt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an abrupt jerky and usually powerful blow or movement
2 : a sudden shock or surprise Lincoln Elementary needed a good jolt once in a while …— Andrew Clements, Frindle

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