- 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.
Origin of bolster
synonym study for bolster
OTHER WORDS FROM bolsterbol·ster·er, nounun·bol·ster, verb (used with object)un·bol·stered, adjective
How to use bolster in a sentence
Corporations are bolstering profits by underpaying workers at the very bottom.
These are groups that take advantage,” he said, making it clear they are “bolstering the neo-Nazi right.
Is it regime change or bolstering a political process in Geneva?
Both Bachmann and Pawlenty should have to answer for bolstering that respectability.
In the Episcopal church a nurse is bolstering up a wounded officer in the area behind the altar.The Boys of '61|Charles Carleton Coffin.
This, Braceway knew, was why she had advanced him money, bolstering up one mistake with another.The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
She was asking Petrarch to do her an inestimable service by bolstering up her third-rate university.Giovanni Boccaccio, a Biographical Study|Edward Hutton
But the Noelites were far too vitiated in taste to be long content with mere bolstering or harmless games.St. Winifred's|Frederic W. Farrar
"At present she's bolstering up two or three dozen people who are only received on the strength of her name," Oakleigh replied.Lady Lilith|Stephen McKenna