There are 2 main definitions of bolster in English:

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bolster 1

Pronunciation: /ˈbōlstər/

noun

(also bolster pillow)
1A long, thick pillow that is placed under other pillows for support.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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

[with object]
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.
1.1Provide (a seat) with padded support: (as adjective bolstered) I snuggled down into the heavily bolstered seat
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with bolster

holster, pollster, soulster, upholster

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Syllabification: bol·ster

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There are 2 main definitions of bolster in English:

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bolster 2

Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊlstə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

A heavy chisel used for cutting bricks.
Example sentences
  • ‘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.

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

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Line breaks: bol|ster

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