Definition of Bolster

1. Noun. A pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows.

Exact synonyms: Long Pillow
Generic synonyms: Pillow



2. Verb. Support and strengthen. "Bolster morale"
Exact synonyms: Bolster Up
Generic synonyms: Reenforce, Reinforce

3. Verb. Prop up with a pillow or bolster.
Generic synonyms: Prop, Prop Up, Shore, Shore Up

4. Verb. Add padding to. "Pad the seat of the chair"
Exact synonyms: Pad
Generic synonyms: Fill, Fill Up, Make Full
Derivative terms: Pad, Padding

Definition of Bolster

1. n. A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of a person lying on a bed; -- generally laid under the pillows.

2. v. t. To support with a bolster or pillow.

Definition of Bolster

1. Noun. A large cushion or pillow. ¹

2. Verb. To brace, reinforce, secure, or support. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bolster

1. to support [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: support

Medical Definition of Bolster

1. 1. A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of a person lying on a bed; generally laid under the pillows. "And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster, This way the coverlet, another way the sheets." (Shak) 2. A pad, quilt, or anything used to hinder pressure, support any part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress. "This arm shall be a bolster for thy head." (Gay) 3. Anything arranged to act as a support, as in various forms of mechanism, etc. 4. A cushioned or a piece part of a saddle. 5. A cushioned or a piece of soft wood covered with tarred canvas, placed on the trestletrees and against the mast, for the collars of the shrouds to rest on, to prevent chafing. Anything used to prevent chafing. 6. A plate of iron or a mass of wood under the end of a bridge girder, to keep the girder from resting directly on the abutment. 7. A transverse bar above the axle of a wagon, on which the bed or body rests. 8. The crossbeam forming the bearing piece of the body of a railway car; the central and principal cross beam of a car truck. 9. The perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched. 10. That part of a knife blade which abuts upon the end of the handle. The metallic end of a pocketknife handle. 11. The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital. 12. A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation. See: Illust. Of Gun carriage] Bolster work, members which are bellied or curved outward like cushions, as in friezes of certain classical styles. Origin: AS. Bolster; akin to Icel. Blstr, Sw. & Dan. Bolster, OHG. Bolstar, polstar, G. Polster; from the same root as E. Bole stem, bowl hollow vessel. Cf. Bulge, Poltroon. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bolster

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bolsheviks
bolshevise
bolshevisms
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bolshevized
bolshevizes
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bolshie
bolshier
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bolshiest
bolshy
bolson
bolsons
bolster (current term)
bolster finger
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bolsterer
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bolt
bolt-action
bolt-actions
bolt-hole
bolt-holes
bolt-on
bolt-rope

Literary usage of Bolster

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1. The Car-builder's Dictionary: An Illustrated Vocabulary of Terms which by Master Car-Builders' Association, Matthias Nace Forney, Arthur Mellen Wellington, Leander Garey, Calvin A. Smith (1906)
"Truck bolster Guide Dead Block. Block. Distance Block. ... The term body transom is sometimes applied to the bolster, but incorrectly, as this term applies ..."

2. Car Builders' Cyclopedia of American Practice by American Railway Association, Master Car Builders' Association, Mechanical Division, Association of American Railroads (1903)
"A body bolster is sometimes called body transom, or simply transom, ... A part analogous to a body bolster, and frequently called the body bolster, ..."

3. Handbook of Building Construction: Data for Architects, Designing and by George Albert Hool, Nathan Clarke Johnson (1920)
"The detail of (c) with the upper post resting on a hardwood bolster is the best of ... The vertical bolster blocks are set into the lower post and bolted, ..."

4. Handbook of Building Construction: Data for Architects, Designing and by George Albert Hool, Nathan Clarke Johnson (1920)
"In (6) the bottom of the upper post will crush the fibers of the upper side of the girder, and a worse condition will prevail under the bolster, unless the ..."

5. Corinthian Hellenistic Pottery by G. Roger Edwards (1975)
"The bolster krater,32 an invention of Hellenistic times, is named from the form ... The bolster krater is evidently a functional replacement for Classical ..."

6. The Science of Railways by Marshall Monroe Kirkman (1909)
"58 and Body bolster, the component parts of which are indicated by numbers ... ‘Wit Ii the cross-tie timber or “Needle Beams” and the body bolster on the ..."

7. The Science of Railways by Marshall Monroe Kirkman (1911)
"58 and "Body bolster, the component parts of which are indicated by ... With the cross-tie timber or "Needle Beams" and the body bolster on the under side, ..."

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