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jolt

noun \ ˈjōlt \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of jolt

1 :an abrupt, sharp, jerky blow or movement
  • awoke with a jolt
2 a (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

jolty

play \ˈjōl-tē\ adjective

Examples of jolt in a Sentence

  1. I sprang out of bed with a jolt.

  2. The car stopped with a jolt.

  3. I got quite a jolt when I heard the door slam.

  4. The defeat was quite a jolt to the team.

  5. The stock market suffered a major jolt yesterday.

  6. She needed a jolt of caffeine to start her day.

  7. The unexpected praise he received gave him a jolt of confidence.

Recent Examples of jolt from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of jolt

see 2jolt


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jolt

verb

Definition of jolt

transitive verb
1 a :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

jolter

noun

Examples of jolt in a Sentence

  1. The explosion jolted the ship.

  2. He was jolted forward when the bus stopped suddenly.

  3. The loud bang jolted me awake.

  4. The attack jolted the country into action.

  5. She jolted the medical world with her announcement.

Recent Examples of jolt from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'jolt.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of jolt

probably blend of obsolete joll to strike and jot to bump


JOLT Defined for English Language Learners

jolt

verb

Definition of jolt for English Language Learners

  • : 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

noun

Definition of jolt for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden, rough movement

  • : a sudden shock or surprise

  • : a small but powerful amount of something


JOLT Defined for Kids

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jolt

verb \ ˈjōlt \

Definition of jolt for Students

jolted; jolting
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.

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jolt

noun

Definition of jolt for Students

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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