bolster


bolster
bolsterer, n.
/bohl"steuhr/, n.
1. a long, often cylindrical, cushion or pillow for a bed, sofa, etc.
2. anything resembling this in form or in use as a support.
3. any pillow, cushion, or pad.
4. Naut.
a. Also called bolster plate. a circular casting on the side of a vessel, through which an anchor chain passes.
b. a timber used as a temporary support.
c. a beam for holding lines or rigging without chafing.
d. a bag filled with buoyant material, fitted into a small boat.
5. Metalworking. an anvillike support for the lower die of a drop forge.
6. Masonry.
a. a timber or the like connecting two ribs of a centering.
b. a chisel with a blade splayed toward the edge, used for cutting bricks.
7. Carpentry. a horizontal timber on a post for lessening the free span of a beam.
8. a structural member on which one end of a bridge truss rests.
v.t.
9. to support with or as with a pillow or cushion.
10. to add to, support, or uphold (sometimes fol. by up): They bolstered their morale by singing. He bolstered up his claim with new evidence.
[bef. 1000; ME bolstre (n.), OE bolster; c. ON bolstr, D bolster, G Polster]
Syn. 1. See cushion. 10. strengthen, sustain, aid, reinforce, fortify.

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  • Bolster — Bol ster (b[=o]l st[ e]r; 110), n. [AS. bolster; akin to Icel. b[=o]lstr, Sw. & Dan. bolster, OHG. bolstar, polstar, G. polster; from the same root as E. bole stem, bowl hollow vessel. Cf. {Bulge}, {Poltroon}.] 1. A long pillow or cushion, used… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bolster — Bol ster, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bolstered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bolstering}.] 1. To support with a bolster or pillow. S. Sharp. [1913 Webster] 2. To support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or unusual effort; often with up. [1913 Webster] To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bolster — bol·ster / bōl stər/ vt: to use evidence usu. improperly to give weight to (evidence already introduced) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. bolster …   Law dictionary

  • bolster — [bōl′stər] n. [ME & OE, akin to ON bolstr, Ger polster; ult. < IE base * bhel , to swell: see BALL1] 1. a long, narrow cushion or pillow 2. a soft pad for easing pressure on any part of the body 3. any bolsterlike object or support; specif.,… …   English World dictionary

  • Bolster — Bolster. См. Штамподержатель. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • bolster up — index corroborate, reassure Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bolster — vb prop, *support, sustain, buttress, brace Analogous words: *strengthen, reinforce, fortify: uphold, champion (see SUPPORT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bolster — [v] help aid, assist, bear up, boost, brace, buck up, bulwark, buoy, buttress, carry, cushion, help, hold up, maintain, pick up, pillow, prop, reinforce, shore up, stay, strengthen, support, sustain, uphold; concept 110 Ant. hinder, not support,… …   New thesaurus

  • bolster — ► NOUN 1) a long, firm pillow. 2) a part in a tool, vehicle, or structure providing support or reducing friction. ► VERB ▪ support or strengthen. DERIVATIVES bolsterer noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Bolster — A bolster (etymology: Middle English, derived from Old English, and before that the Germanic word bulgstraz ) is a long narrow pillow or cushion filled with cotton, down, or fibre. In western countries, it is usually placed at the head of bed and …   Wikipedia

  • bolster — [[t]bo͟ʊlstə(r)[/t]] bolsters, bolstering, bolstered 1) VERB If you bolster something such as someone s confidence or courage, you increase it. [V n] Hopes of an early cut in interest rates bolstered confidence. [V n] ...a number of measures… …   English dictionary


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