noun(also bolster pillow)
1A long, thick pillow that is placed under other pillows for support.
- 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.
- 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.
verb[with object] Back to top
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
More example sentences
- 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.
Words that rhyme with bolsterholster, pollster, soulster, upholster
Entry from British & World English dictionary
A heavy chisel used for cutting bricks.
- ‘I began to knock the wooden fascia off using a bolster and hammer,’ said Mr Sparkes.
- If you must cut a brick to an exact line, use the bolster.
- Tap the bolster firmly with a club hammer to achieve the desired effect.
Early 20th century: of unknown origin.
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