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Idioms about bolt

Origin of bolt

1
First recorded before 1000; Middle English noun bolt, bold, bote “(crossbow) bolt, (lightning) bolt, (door) bolt, (cloth) bolt,” Old English bolt “arrow, (crossbow) bolt, catapult”; cognate with Dutch bout, German Bolz

OTHER WORDS FROM bolt

bolter, nounboltless, adjectiveboltlike, adjective

Other definitions for bolt (2 of 2)

bolt2
[ bohlt ]
/ boʊlt /

verb (used with object)
to sift through a cloth or sieve.
to examine or search into, as if by sifting.

Origin of bolt

2
First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English bulten, bolten, bouten, from Old French bul(e)ter, variant of unrecorded buteler, from Germanic; compare Middle High German biuteln “to sift,” derivative of biutel, Old High German būtil “bag,” whence German Beutel

OTHER WORDS FROM bolt

bolter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bolt (1 of 3)

bolt1
/ (bəʊlt) /

noun
verb
adverb
stiffly, firmly, or rigidly (archaic except in the phrase bolt upright)

Word Origin for bolt

Old English bolt arrow; related to Old High German bolz bolt for a crossbow

British Dictionary definitions for bolt (2 of 3)

bolt2

boult

/ (bəʊlt) /

verb (tr)
to pass (flour, a powder, etc) through a sieve
to examine and separate

Derived forms of bolt

bolter or boulter, noun

Word Origin for bolt

C13: from Old French bulter, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German būtil bag

British Dictionary definitions for bolt (3 of 3)

Bolt
/ (bəʊlt) /

noun
Robert (Oxton). 1924–95, British playwright. His plays include A Man for All Seasons (1960) and he also wrote a number of screenplays
Usain (juːˈseɪn). born 1986, Jamaican athlete: winner of the 100 metres and the 200 metres in the 2008 Olympic Games, setting world records at both distances
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