- 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 bolsteredhelp, buttress, strengthen, support, cushion, reinforce, maintain, sustain, aid, boost, buoy, uphold, bulwark, assist, stay, carry, prop, brace, pillow
Examples from the Web for bolstered
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 25, 2014
Bolstered by the momentum of Savage, Masters continued to accumulate up-and-coming conservative talent.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
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
December 18, 2013
Traditional employment sectors like these have bolstered urban economies in Houston, Oklahoma City, Dallas-Ft.The Revolt Against Urban Gentry
November 30, 2013
Perhaps it was bolstered by the drop-crotch revival of 2010.NBA Players Are Wearing Sweatpants Again, but Now They Cost $550
November 11, 2013
Historical Examples of bolstered
They gently raised him, bolstered him with pillows, and told him he had long been ill.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He was no aristocrat, propped and bolstered by grand relatives.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
Then she wanted to sit on the divan and she bolstered me up with pillows.Possessed
Bolstered for the moment by this resolve, she threw back her head and raised her eyes.The Lady Doc
His pride was bolstered up, his blood ran once more in pride.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
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.