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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 A sliding catch, or fastening, as for a door or gate; the portion of a lock which is shot or withdrawn by the action of the key.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

There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord.
Thomas Paine

If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once.
Walter Scott

The safety of the republic being the supreme law, and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy, I say accept the key... and bolt the door at once.
Andrew Jackson

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
John Ciardi
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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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