- 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
synonym study for bolster
OTHER WORDS FROM bolsterbol·ster·er, nounun·bol·ster, verb (used with object)un·bol·stered, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for bolster
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.
It needs re-bolstered, strong voices at the table (Kathy Griffin, pretty please), or it will sink.
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.
When she was partially recovered, it was curious to see her sitting bolstered up in bed, with so many pets around her.Minnie's Pet Dog|Madeline Leslie
The loan being thus bolstered up rose to four and a half per cent premium.The Boys of '61|Charles Carleton Coffin.
Having come to this conclusion in the way indicated, they then bolstered it up with arguments to justify it positively.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
She was almost in tears, from her fright; yet still bolstered her courage with the thought: "For my father and mother!"Dorothy|Evelyn Raymond
Elinor was bolstered up in bed, looking like a wan, despairing woman of fifty, instead of a girl of twenty-two.Nelly's First Schooldays|Josephine Franklin