- 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 bolsteringhelp, buttress, strengthen, support, cushion, reinforce, maintain, sustain, aid, boost, buoy, uphold, bulwark, assist, stay, carry, prop, brace, pillow
Examples from the Web for bolstering
Contemporary Examples of bolstering
Corporations are bolstering profits by underpaying workers at the very bottom.Finally, Home Care Workers Start Fighting Back
October 19, 2014
These are groups that take advantage,” he said, making it clear they are “bolstering the neo-Nazi right.Italy Suddenly Gets Ugly for Jews
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 29, 2014
Is it regime change or bolstering a political process in Geneva?Will Arming Syrian Rebels Lead to Disaster?
June 15, 2013
Both Bachmann and Pawlenty should have to answer for bolstering that respectability.Bachmann and Pawlenty's Ponzi Pal
April 28, 2011
Historical Examples of bolstering
And with that bolstering thought he brought his head up sharply.We're Friends, Now
Unconsciously he has been bolstering up the eventual Renaissance.Ghetto Comedies
They're bolstering it up somewhat, so as to keep on hooking tourists, I presume.Seeing France with Uncle John
It is the most primitive way of bolstering one's limitations.Woman as Decoration
I hate the being suspected of fishing for a pedigree, or bolstering one up with false statements.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume 6
John Gibson Lockhart
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.