- 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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OTHER WORDS FROM bolsterbol·ster·er, nounun·bol·ster, verb (used with object)un·bol·stered, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for bolster
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.
It—the bolstering up—has been going on for a long time now, to what extent I am not prepared to show.A Houseful of Girls|Sarah Tytler
It even caused him to lend himself here to the task of bolstering up the case of that petulant, contemptible creature, Darnley.Highways and Byways in The Border|Andrew Lang
At bolstering, Duncan was a perfect champion; his strength and activity were marvellous, and his mirth uproarious.Eric|Frederic William Farrar
What is the use of bolstering up a presumably sincere religious movement with these puerile and mischievous statements?Pan-Islam|George Wyman Bury
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