- 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)
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Origin of bolster
OTHER WORDS FROM bolsterbol·ster·er, nounun·bol·ster, verb (used with object)un·bol·stered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bolstered
Many advocates want those changed, adjusted, or bolstered, and the only way to do that is to open up the bill and reauthorize it.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block|Monica Potts|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bolstered by the momentum of Savage, Masters continued to accumulate up-and-coming conservative talent.
And they were responsive, and that only bolstered my brainstorming sessions, so the next time I came in with more ideas.Interview: Kristen Bell, Voiceover Queen, On ‘Frozen,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ & More|Andrew Romano|December 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Traditional employment sectors like these have bolstered urban economies in Houston, Oklahoma City, Dallas-Ft.
Perhaps it was bolstered by the drop-crotch revival of 2010.NBA Players Are Wearing Sweatpants Again, but Now They Cost $550|Sujay Kumar|November 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The supposed ownership of a promising coal mine had bolstered up his shaky credit.The Land of Strong Men|Arthur M. Chisholm
Now as Aunt Cheerful worked she began to sing, and the song was one that had often bolstered her waning courage before.In the Heart of the Christmas Pines|Leona Dalrymple
So it is admitted that denominationalism is bolstered up with temporary shafting.Birth of a Reformation|Andrew Byers
Others trimmed hedges and trees, put the lawn mower to their grass, bolstered up sagging fences, and rehung gates.Janice Day|Helen Beecher Long
He was bolstered up in his bed, but the effort brought on a severe fit of coughing, and he was obliged to lie down again.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders|William A. Alcott