[ king-bohlt ]
/ ˈkɪŋˌboʊlt /


a vertical bolt connecting the body of a vehicle with the fore axle, the body of a railroad car with a truck, etc.
(in a roof truss) an iron or steel rod serving as a king post.



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Also called king rod.

Origin of kingbolt

First recorded in 1815–25; king + bolt1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for kingbolt

  • Every object in that car, human being or salt pork, crying baby or kingbolt, was a thing to Jerry Swaim.

    The Reclaimers|Margaret Hill McCarter

British Dictionary definitions for kingbolt


king rod

/ (ˈkɪŋˌbəʊlt) /


  1. the pivot bolt that connects the body of a horse-drawn carriage to the front axle and provides the steering joint
  2. a similar bolt placed between a railway carriage and the bogies
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