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  1. Nautical.
    1. a thick, low post, usually of iron or steel, mounted on a wharf or the like, to which mooring lines from vessels are attached.
    2. a small post to which lines are attached.
    3. bitt(def 1).
  2. British. one of a series of short posts for excluding or diverting motor vehicles from a road, lawn, or the like.
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Origin of bollard

First recorded in 1835–45; bole1 + -ard
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  1. a strong wooden or metal post mounted on a wharf, quay, etc, used for securing mooring lines
  2. British a small post or marker placed on a kerb or traffic island to make it conspicuous to motorists
  3. mountaineering an outcrop of rock or pillar of ice that may be used to belay a rope
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Word Origin

C14: perhaps from bole 1 + -ard
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Word Origin and History for bollard


1844, originally a post for fixing mooring ropes; since 1948, usually a traffic control device; probably from bole + suffix -ard.

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