- 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
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