- Also called bolster plate. a circular casting on the side of a vessel, through which an anchor chain passes.
- a timber used as a temporary support.
- a beam for holding lines or rigging without chafing.
- a bag filled with buoyant material, fitted into a small boat.
- a timber or the like connecting two ribs of a centering.
- a chisel with a blade splayed toward the edge, used for cutting bricks.
verb (used with object)
Origin of bolster
Related formsbol·ster·er, nounun·bol·ster, verb (used with object)un·bol·stered, adjective
Examples from the Web for bolster
To bolster my case I told him we should actually call it Pursuito, like Vertigo or Psycho.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Low-income work was a necessity, either to make up for the absence of a man or to bolster his own low-income paycheck.'Ghostbusters' and the Slow Emancipation of Female-Driven Comedy|Teo Bugbee|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Critics also argue the military assistance may be coming too late to bolster mainstream rebels.U.S. on Alert for Al Qaeda Attack as Group Battles ISIS for Top Terrorist|Jamie Dettmer|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“This reduces a potential drag to the economy and will bolster growth for the remainder of 2014,” Handler notes.The U.S. Economy Had a Hiccup, Not a Heart Attack, This Year|Daniel Gross|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Having a major movie backing up the program can only bolster its relationship with MLB.
Alf fell heavily on his side, and we roared with laughter; but he was up in a moment, and rushed at Drake with a bolster.Captain Mugford|W.H.G. Kingston
And we bolster up our satisfaction by pointing to some mistake of logic or some puerility of statement.A Preface to Politics|Walter Lippmann
A further search revealed a bolster, but no pillows were forthcoming.The King's Daughters|Emily Sarah Holt
Spread it with the jam, and roll up in the form of a bolster.The Skilful Cook|Mary Harrison
If you are preparing the bed for a stranger put the bolster and pillows back on the bed and allow the guest to arrange them later.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping|Elizabeth Hale Gilman