- a thick, low post, usually of iron or steel, mounted on a wharf or the like, to which mooring lines from vessels are attached.
- a small post to which lines are attached.
- bitt(def 1).
- British. one of a series of short posts for excluding or diverting motor vehicles from a road, lawn, or the like.
Origin of bollard
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Examples from the Web for bollard
Carey veered past a bollard, finally crashing into a barricade not far from a guard booth.What Pushed Miriam Carey to a Capitol Hill Tragedy?
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He was propped against a bollard and he was in his shore-going clothes.The Beach of Dreams
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One of the polemen jumped ashore, securing a line to a bollard.Millennium
Everett B. Cole
“That will show that some one is not far off,” observed Mr Bollard.
“Call Mr Bollard, and we will see about it,” said Harry, springing to his feet.
Bollard remarked that he was afraid all the other boats had gone down.
- a strong wooden or metal post mounted on a wharf, quay, etc, used for securing mooring lines
- British a small post or marker placed on a kerb or traffic island to make it conspicuous to motorists
- mountaineering an outcrop of rock or pillar of ice that may be used to belay a rope
C14: perhaps from bole 1 + -ard
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Word Origin and History for bollard
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