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Webster 1913 Edition


Bolt

Bolt

,
Noun.
[AS.
bolt
; akin to Icel.
bolti
, Dan.
bolt
, D.
bout
, OHG.
bolz
, G.
bolz
,
bolzen
; of uncertain origin.]
1.
A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or catapult, esp. a short, stout, blunt-headed arrow; a quarrel; an arrow, or that which resembles an arrow; a dart.
Look that the crossbowmen lack not
bolts
.
Sir W. Scott.
A fool’s
bolt
is soon shot.
Shakespeare
2.
Lightning; a thunderbolt.
3.
A strong pin, of iron or other material, used to fasten or hold something in place, often having a head at one end and screw thread cut upon the other end.
4.
A sliding catch, or fastening, as for a door or gate; the portion of a lock which is shot or withdrawn by the action of the key.
5.
An iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle; a fetter.
[Obs.]
Away with him to prison!
lay
bolts
enough upon him.
Shakespeare
6.
A compact package or roll of cloth, as of canvas or silk, often containing about forty yards.
7.
A bundle, as of oziers.
Bolt auger
,
an auger of large size; an auger to make holes for the bolts used by shipwrights.
Bolt and nut
,
a metallic pin with a head formed upon one end, and a movable piece (the nut) screwed upon a thread cut upon the other end. See B, C, and D, in illust. above.

Bolt

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Bolted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Bolting
.]
1.
To shoot; to discharge or drive forth.
2.
To utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out.
I hate when Vice can
bolt
her arguments.
Milton.
3.
To swallow without chewing;
as, to
bolt
food
; often used with
down
.
4.
(U. S. Politics)
To refuse to support, as a nomination made by a party to which one has belonged or by a caucus in which one has taken part.
5.
(Sporting)
To cause to start or spring forth; to dislodge, as conies, rabbits, etc.
6.
To fasten or secure with, or as with, a bolt or bolts, as a door, a timber, fetters; to shackle; to restrain.
Let tenfold iron
bolt
my door.
Langhorn.
Which shackles accidents and
bolts
up change.
Shakespeare

Bolt

(bōlt; 110)
,
Verb.
I.
1.
To start forth like a bolt or arrow; to spring abruptly; to come or go suddenly; to dart;
as, to
bolt
out of the room
.
This Puck seems but a dreaming dolt, . . .
And oft out of a bush doth
bolt
.
Drayton.
2.
To strike or fall suddenly like a bolt.
His cloudless thunder
bolted
on their heads.
Milton.
3.
To spring suddenly aside, or out of the regular path;
as, the horse
bolted
.
4.
(U.S. Politics)
To refuse to support a nomination made by a party or a caucus with which one has been connected; to break away from a party.

Bolt

,
adv.
In the manner of a bolt; suddenly; straight; unbendingly.
[He] came
bolt
up against the heavy dragoon.
Thackeray.
Bolt upright
.
(a)
Perfectly upright; perpendicular; straight up; unbendingly erect.
Addison.
(b)
On the back at full length.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Bolt

,
Noun.
[From
Bolt
,
Verb.
I.
]
1.
A sudden spring or start; a sudden spring aside;
as, the horse made a
bolt
.
2.
A sudden flight, as to escape creditors.
This gentleman was so hopelessly involved that he contemplated a
bolt
to America – or anywhere.
Compton Reade.
3.
(U. S. Politics)
A refusal to support a nomination made by the party with which one has been connected; a breaking away from one's party.

Bolt

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Bolted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Bolting
.]
[OE.
bolten
,
boulten
, OF.
buleter
, F.
bluter
, fr. Ll.
buletare
,
buratare
, cf. F.
bure
coarse woolen stuff; fr. L.
burrus
red. See
Borrel
, and cf.
Bultel
.]
1.
To sift or separate the coarser from the finer particles of, as bran from flour, by means of a bolter; to separate, assort, refine, or purify by other means.
He now had
bolted
all the flour.
Spenser.
Ill schooled in
bolted
language.
Shakespeare
2.
To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; – with out.
Time and nature will
bolt
out the truth of things.
L'Estrange.
3.
(Law)
To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law.
Jacob.
To bolt to the bran
,
to examine thoroughly, so as to separate or discover everything important.
Chaucer.
This
bolts
the matter fairly
to the bran
.
Harte.
The report of the committee was examined and sifted and
bolted to the bran
.
Burke.

Bolt

,
Noun.
A sieve, esp. a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter.
B. Jonson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Bolt

BOLT

,
Noun.
[L. pello.]
1.
An arrow; a dart; a pointed shaft.
2.
A strong cylindrical pin, of iron or other metal, used to fasten a door, a plank, a chain, &c. In ships, bolts are used in the sides and decks, and have different names, as rag-bolts, eye-bolts, ring-bolts,chain-bolts, &c. In gunnery, there are prise-bolts, transom-bolts, traverse-bolts, and bracket-bolts.
3.
A thunder-bolt; a stream of lightning, so named from its darting like a bolt.
4.
The quantity of twenty-eight ells of canvas.

BOLT

,
Verb.
T.
To fasten or secure with a bolt, or iron pin, whether a door, a plank, fetters or any thing else.
1.
To fasten; to shackle; to restrain.
2.
To blurt out; to utter or throw out precipitately.
I hate when vice can bolt her arguments.
In this sense it is often followed by out.
3.
To sift or separate bran from flour. In America this term is applied only to the operation performed in mills.
4.
Among sportsmen, to start or dislodge, used of coneys.
5.
To examine by sifting; to open or separate the parts of a subject, to find the truth; generally followed by out. 'Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things.' [Inelegant.]
6.
To purify; to purge. [Unusual.]
7.
To discuss or argue; as at Gray's inn, where cases are privately discussed by students and barristers.

BOLT

,
Verb.
I.
To shoot forth suddenly; to spring out with speed and suddenness; to start forth like a bolt; commonly followed by out; as, to bolt out of the house, or out of a den.

Definition 2022


Bolt

Bolt

See also: bolt, bòlt, and Bôłt

English

Proper noun

Bolt

  1. A surname.

Anagrams

bolt

bolt

See also: Bolt, Bôłt, and bòlt

English

a fastening bolt with nut
a door bolt
bolts of fabric

Noun

bolt (plural bolts)

  1. A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a cylindrical body that is threaded, with a larger head on one end. It can be inserted into an unthreaded hole up to the head, with a nut then threaded on the other end; a heavy machine ****.
  2. A sliding pin or bar in a lock or latch mechanism.
  3. A bar of wood or metal dropped in horizontal hooks on a door and adjoining wall or between the two sides of a double door, to prevent the door(s) from being forced open.
  4. A sliding mechanism to chamber and unchamber a cartridge in a firearm.
  5. A small personal-armour-piercing missile for short-range use, or (in common usage though deprecated by experts) a short arrow, intended to be shot from a crossbow or a catapult.
  6. A lightning spark, i.e., a lightning bolt.
  7. A sudden event, action or emotion.
    The problem's solution struck him like a bolt from the blue.
    • 1994, Stephen Fry, The Hippopotamus Chapter 2
      With a bolt of fright he remembered that there was no bathroom in the Hobhouse Room. He leapt along the corridor in a panic, stopping by the long-case clock at the end where he flattened himself against the wall.
  8. A large roll of fabric or similar material, as a bolt of cloth.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 20
      Not only were the old sails being mended, but new sails were coming on board, and bolts of canvas, and coils of rigging; in short, everything betokened that the ship’s preparations were hurrying to a close.
  9. (nautical) The standard linear measurement of canvas for use at sea: 39 yards.
  10. A sudden spring or start; a sudden leap aside.
    The horse made a bolt.
  11. A sudden flight, as to escape creditors.
    • Compton Reade
      This gentleman was so hopelessly involved that he contemplated a bolt to America or anywhere.
  12. (US, politics) A refusal to support a nomination made by the party with which one has been connected; a breaking away from one's party.
  13. An iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle; a fetter.
    • Shakespeare
      Away with him to prison! Lay bolts enough upon him.
Derived terms
Translations
See also

Verb

bolt (third-person singular simple present bolts, present participle bolting, simple past and past participle bolted)

  1. To connect or assemble pieces using a bolt.
    Bolt the vice to the bench.
  2. To secure a door by locking or barring it.
    Bolt the door.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 24
      If that double-bolted land, Japan, is ever to become hospitable, it is the whale-ship alone to whom the credit will be due; for already she is on the threshold.
  3. (intransitive) To flee, to depart, to accelerate suddenly.
    Seeing the snake, the horse bolted.
    The actor forgot his line and bolted from the stage.
    • Drayton
      This Puck seems but a dreaming dolt, [] / And oft out of a bush doth bolt.
  4. (transitive) To cause to start or spring forth; to dislodge (an animal being hunted).
    to bolt a rabbit
  5. To strike or fall suddenly like a bolt.
    • Milton
      His cloudless thunder bolted on their heads.
  6. (intransitive) To escape.
  7. (intransitive, botany) Of a plant, to grow quickly; to go to seed.
    Lettuce and spinach will bolt as the weather warms up.
    • 1995, Anne Raver, “Gandhi Gardening”, in Deep in the Green: An Exploration of Country Pleasures, New York, N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN 978-0-307-82840-8:
      To be honest, this hasn't been my Garden of Eden year. [] The lettuce turned bitter and bolted. The Green Comet broccoli was good, but my coveted Romanescos never headed up.
  8. To swallow food without chewing it.
    • 1859 Darwin, Charles, On the Origin of Species, ch 11, p 362:
      Some hawks and owls bolt their prey whole, and after an interval of from twelve to twenty hours disgorge pellets.
  9. To drink one's drink very quickly; to down a drink.
    Come on, everyone, bolt your drinks; I want to go to the next pub!
  10. (US, politics) To refuse to support a nomination made by a party or caucus with which one has been connected; to break away from a party.
  11. To utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out.
    • Milton
      I hate when Vice can bolt her arguments.
Translations

Adverb

bolt (not comparable)

  1. Suddenly; straight; unbendingly.
    The soldiers stood bolt upright for inspection.
    • Thackeray
      [He] came bolt up against the heavy dragoon.

References

  1. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bolt?s=t

Etymology 2

From Middle English bulten, from Anglo-Norman buleter, cognate with Middle High German biuteln (to sift)

Verb

bolt (third-person singular simple present bolts, present participle bolting, simple past and past participle bolted)

  1. To sift, especially through a cloth.
  2. To sift the bran and germ from wheat flour.
    Graham flour is unbolted flour.
  3. To separate, assort, refine, or purify by other means.
    • Shakespeare
      ill schooled in bolted language
    • L'Estrange
      Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things.
  4. (law) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jacob to this entry?)
Derived terms

Noun

bolt (plural bolts)

  1. A sieve, especially a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

Anagrams


Hungarian

Etymology

Borrowing from Italian volta (vault).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈbolt]

Noun

bolt (plural boltok)

  1. shop
  2. vault

Declension

Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative bolt boltok
accusative boltot boltokat
dative boltnak boltoknak
instrumental bolttal boltokkal
causal-final boltért boltokért
translative bolttá boltokká
terminative boltig boltokig
essive-formal boltként boltokként
essive-modal
inessive boltban boltokban
superessive bolton boltokon
adessive boltnál boltoknál
illative boltba boltokba
sublative boltra boltokra
allative bolthoz boltokhoz
elative boltból boltokból
delative boltról boltokról
ablative bolttól boltoktól
Possessive forms of bolt
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. boltom boltjaim
2nd person sing. boltod boltjaid
3rd person sing. boltja boltjai
1st person plural boltunk boltjaink
2nd person plural boltotok boltjaitok
3rd person plural boltjuk boltjaik

Synonyms

Derived terms


Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Low German bolt

Noun

bolt m (definite singular bolten, indefinite plural bolter, definite plural boltene)

  1. a bolt (threaded)

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Low German bolt

Noun

bolt m (definite singular bolten, indefinite plural boltar, definite plural boltane)

  1. a bolt (threaded)

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