- 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
Synonyms for bolster
Related Words for bolsterhelp, buttress, strengthen, support, cushion, reinforce, maintain, sustain, aid, boost, buoy, uphold, bulwark, assist, stay, carry, prop, brace, pillow
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Contemporary Examples of 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
December 13, 2014
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
August 15, 2014
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
July 1, 2014
“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
May 29, 2014
Having a major movie backing up the program can only bolster its relationship with MLB.The Aftermath of Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’
May 16, 2014
Historical Examples of bolster
But I will not attempt to bolster my position with authorities.
Spread it with the jam, and roll up in the form of a bolster.The Skilful Cook
Presently, however, she came back with a dry pillow and bolster for him.Rollo on the Atlantic
Some days Sanjib Babu would be there reclining on his bolster.My Reminiscences
The answer was perfectly clear, but there were even more facts to bolster it.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
Word Origin for bolster
Old English bolster "bolster, cushion, something stuffed so that it swells up," especially "long, stuffed pillow," from Proto-Germanic *bolkhstraz (cf. Old Norse bolstr, Danish, Swedish, Dutch bolster, German polster), from PIE *bhelgh- "to swell" (see belly (n.)).
mid-15c. (implied in bolstered), "propped up, made to bulge" (originally of a woman's breasts), from bolster (n.). Figurative sense is from c.1500, on the notion of "to support with a bolster, prop up." Related: Bolstering.