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Definition of Bolt


  1. A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or catapult, esp. a short, stout, blunt-headed arrow; a quarrel; an arrow, or that which resembles an arrow; a dart.
  2. Lightning; a thunderbolt.
  3. A strong pin, of iron or other material, used to fasten or hold something in place, often having a head at one end and screw thread cut upon the other end.
  4. A sliding catch, or fastening, as for a door or gate; the portion of a lock which is shot or withdrawn by the action of the key.
  5. An iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle; a fetter.
  6. A compact package or roll of cloth, as of canvas or silk, often containing about forty yards.
  7. A bundle, as of oziers.
  8. To shoot; to discharge or drive forth.
  9. To utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out.
  10. To swallow without chewing; as, to bolt food.
  11. To refuse to support, as a nomination made by a party to which one has belonged or by a caucus in which one has taken part.
  12. To cause to start or spring forth; to dislodge, as conies, rabbits, etc.
  13. To fasten or secure with, or as with, a bolt or bolts, as a door, a timber, fetters; to shackle; to restrain.
  14. To start forth like a bolt or arrow; to spring abruptly; to come or go suddenly; to dart; as, to bolt out of the room.
  15. To strike or fall suddenly like a bolt.
  16. To spring suddenly aside, or out of the regular path; as, the horse bolted.
  17. To refuse to support a nomination made by a party or a caucus with which one has been connected; to break away from a party.
  18. In the manner of a bolt; suddenly; straight; unbendingly.
  19. A sudden spring or start; a sudden spring aside; as, the horse made a bolt.
  20. A sudden flight, as to escape creditors.
  21. A refusal to support a nomination made by the party with which one has been connected; a breaking away from one's party.
  22. To sift or separate the coarser from the finer particles of, as bran from flour, by means of a bolter; to separate, assort, refine, or purify by other means.
  23. To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; -- with out.
  24. To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law.
  25. A sieve, esp. a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter.

Bolt Quotations

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
Mahatma Gandhi

Too often, the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the two locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.
Rita Coolidge

Both the 'Gregor' series and 'The Hunger Games' are what I call lightning-bolt ideas. There was a moment where the idea came to me. With 'The Hunger Games,' the lightning bolt sort of hit at a moment when I was channel surfing between reality TV and the coverage of the Iraq war.
Suzanne Collins

Any working composer or painter or sculptor will tell you that inspiration comes at the eighth hour of labour rather than as a bolt out of the blue. We have to get our vanities and our preconceptions out of the way and do the work in the time allotted.
John Williams

The uniformity of the earth's life, more astonishing than its diversity, is accountable by the high probability that we derived, originally, from some single cell, fertilized in a bolt of lightning as the earth cooled.
Lewis Thomas
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Bolt Translations

bolt in Afrikaans is knip
bolt in Dutch is grendelen, afgrendelen
bolt in Finnish is lukita
bolt in German is Blitz, Riegel, sausen, Riegel, Ballen, Bolzen
bolt in Italian is dardo, chiavistello
bolt in Latin is telum, claustrum, ictus
bolt in Portuguese is parafuso
bolt in Spanish is saeta, perno, clavija, cerrojo
bolt in Swedish is skena, bult, regla, bom
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