There are 2 definitions of bolster in English:

bolster1

Syllabification: bol·ster
Pronunciation: /ˈbōlstər
 
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noun

(also bolster pillow)
  • 1A long, thick pillow that is placed under other pillows for support.
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    • Sessions were kept short or broken for comfort breaks so that she could be re-positioned with supporting pillows and bolsters.
    • Aside from formula, Nadiyah's parents have taken all her favorite items with them, including a pillow and a bolster, to help make the pilgrimage a rewarding experience for her.
    • They normally sat cross-legged on the floor, preferably on a carpet with bolsters or pillows.
  • 1.1A part of a vehicle or tool providing structural support.
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    • The modified double-ground blade and angular bolsters flow into a handle that fits the palm like a glove.
    • These screwdrivers had a forged one-piece tempered blade including a bolster and special wings on two sides.
    • The bolsters, handle. pivot pin and release mechanism all presented unique technical challenges.
  • 1.2 Building A short timber cap over a post designed to increase the bearing of the beams it supports.

verb

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  • 1Support or strengthen; prop up: the fall in interest rates is starting to bolster confidence he wished to bolster up his theories with hard data
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    • If stress becomes apparent to the coach, he should attempt to bolster confidence with moral support.
    • While working to bolster this great strength, she also took its perceived weaknesses in hand.
    • To bolster their market strength today, producers must have the ability to do more than negotiate with the local canner or grocery store.
  • 1.1Provide (a seat) with padded support: (as adjective bolstered) I snuggled down into the heavily bolstered seat
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    • The seats are well bolstered and leather trim is also available.

Origin

Old English (in the sense 'long, thick pillow'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bolster and German Polster.

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There are 2 definitions of bolster in English:

bolster2

Line breaks: bol|ster
Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊlstə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

  • A heavy chisel used for cutting bricks.

Origin

early 20th century: of unknown origin.

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