bolster

  • 1 Bolster — Bol ster (b[=o]l st[ e]r; 110), n. [AS. bolster; akin to Icel. b[=o]lstr, Sw. & Dan. bolster, OHG. bolstar, polstar, G. polster; from the same root as E. bole stem, bowl hollow vessel. Cf. {Bulge}, {Poltroon}.] 1. A long pillow or cushion, used… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Bolster — Bol ster, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bolstered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bolstering}.] 1. To support with a bolster or pillow. S. Sharp. [1913 Webster] 2. To support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or unusual effort; often with up. [1913 Webster] To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 bolster — bol·ster / bōl stər/ vt: to use evidence usu. improperly to give weight to (evidence already introduced) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. bolster …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 bolster — [bōl′stər] n. [ME & OE, akin to ON bolstr, Ger polster; ult. < IE base * bhel , to swell: see BALL1] 1. a long, narrow cushion or pillow 2. a soft pad for easing pressure on any part of the body 3. any bolsterlike object or support; specif.,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Bolster — Bolster. См. Штамподержатель. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …

    Словарь металлургических терминов

  • 6 bolster up — index corroborate, reassure Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 bolster — vb prop, *support, sustain, buttress, brace Analogous words: *strengthen, reinforce, fortify: uphold, champion (see SUPPORT) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 bolster — [v] help aid, assist, bear up, boost, brace, buck up, bulwark, buoy, buttress, carry, cushion, help, hold up, maintain, pick up, pillow, prop, reinforce, shore up, stay, strengthen, support, sustain, uphold; concept 110 Ant. hinder, not support,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 bolster — ► NOUN 1) a long, firm pillow. 2) a part in a tool, vehicle, or structure providing support or reducing friction. ► VERB ▪ support or strengthen. DERIVATIVES bolsterer noun. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Bolster — A bolster (etymology: Middle English, derived from Old English, and before that the Germanic word bulgstraz ) is a long narrow pillow or cushion filled with cotton, down, or fibre. In western countries, it is usually placed at the head of bed and …

    Wikipedia

  • 11 bolster — [[t]bo͟ʊlstə(r)[/t]] bolsters, bolstering, bolstered 1) VERB If you bolster something such as someone s confidence or courage, you increase it. [V n] Hopes of an early cut in interest rates bolstered confidence. [V n] ...a number of measures… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 bolster — I = bolster up bolster UK [ˈbəʊlstə(r)] / US [ˈboʊlstər] or bolster up UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms bolster : present tense I/you/we/they bolster he/she/it bolsters present participle bolstering past tense bolstered past participle… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 bolster — {{11}}bolster (n.) O.E. bolster bolster, cushion, something stuffed so that it swells up, especially long, stuffed pillow, from P.Gmc. *bolkhstraz (Cf. O.N. bolstr, Dan., Swed., Du. bolster, Ger. polster), from PIE *bhelgh to swell (see BELLY (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 14 bolster — 01. Housing sales have been [bolstered] by low interest rates. 02. The case against the defendant has been [bolstered] by the discovery of important new evidence. 03. The team s chances of winning the tournament have been [bolstered] by the… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 15 bolster — bol|ster1 [ˈbəulstə US ˈboulstər] v also bolster up [T] 1.) to help someone to feel better and more positive ▪ He is making a bold attempt to bolster the territory s confidence. 2.) to improve something ▪ his efforts to bolster his career bolster …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 bolster up — verb support and strengthen bolster morale • Syn: ↑bolster • Hypernyms: ↑reinforce, ↑reenforce • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 bolster — bolsterer, n. /bohl steuhr/, n. 1. a long, often cylindrical, cushion or pillow for a bed, sofa, etc. 2. anything resembling this in form or in use as a support. 3. any pillow, cushion, or pad. 4. Naut. a. Also called bolster plate. a circular… …

    Universalium

  • 18 bolster — 1 noun (C) a long firm pillow 1 (1) that you put under other pillows 2 also bolster up verb (T) 1 to help someone to feel better and more positive: I did my best to bolster up his confidence. 2 to improve something by supporting it: a speech… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 bolster — bol•ster [[t]ˈboʊl stər[/t]] n. 1) fur a long, often cylindrical cushion or pillow for a bed, sofa, etc 2) anything resembling this in form or in use as a support 3) fur any pillow, cushion, or pad 4) bui a horizontal timber on a post for… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 bolster — bol|ster1 [ boulstər ] verb transitive to make something stronger or more effective: The campaign is designed to bolster the government s image as being tough on crime. bolster bol|ster 2 [ boulstər ] noun count a very long firm PILLOW… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English