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Definition of Bolster


  1. A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of a person lying on a bed; -- generally laid under the pillows.
  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.
  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.
  6. Anything used to prevent chafing.
  7. 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.
  8. A transverse bar above the axle of a wagon, on which the bed or body rests.
  9. The crossbeam forming the bearing piece of the body of a railway car; the central and principal cross beam of a car truck.
  10. the perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched.
  11. That part of a knife blade which abuts upon the end of the handle.
  12. The metallic end of a pocketknife handle.
  13. The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital.
  14. A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation.
  15. To support with a bolster or pillow.
  16. To support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or unusual effort; -- often with up.

Bolster Quotations

If the United Nations is to survive, those who represent it must bolster it; those who advocate it must submit to it; and those who believe in it must fight for it.
Norman Cousins

By themselves, genetically engineered crops will not end hunger or improve health or bolster the economies of struggling countries. They won't save the sight of millions or fortify their bones. But they will certainly help.
Michael Specter

As we explore ways to bring price relief and bolster our country's energy independence, one significant energy source has emerged as a potential solution, hydrogen fuel cells.
Dan Lipinski

We negotiated with the Honduran government the establishment of a regional military training center, for training central American forces, but the primary motivation for doing that was to be able to bolster the quality, improve the quality of the El Salvadoran fighting forces.
John Negroponte

Greece's European neighbors were able step in and bolster the weak foundation on which Greece's free-spending budget was based. It would be difficult for any country, or intergovernmental organization, to rescue an economy the size of the U.S. if investors were ever to lose faith in our bonds because of our enormous debt.
Douglas Wilder
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Bolster Translations

bolster in German is Mut machen, Nackenrolle
bolster in Spanish is cabezal
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