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bol·ster

 (bōl′stər)
n.
A long narrow pillow or cushion.
tr.v. bol·stered, bol·ster·ing, bol·sters
1. To support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion.
2. To buoy up or hearten: Visitors bolstered the patient's morale.

[Middle English, from Old English; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.]

bol′ster·er n.

bolster

(ˈbəʊlstə)
vb (tr)
1. (often foll by up) to support or reinforce; strengthen: to bolster morale.
2. to prop up with a pillow or cushion
3. to add padding to: to bolster a dress.
n
4. (Furniture) a long narrow pillow or cushion
5. any pad or padded support
6. (Building) architect a short horizontal length of timber fixed to the top of a post to increase the bearing area and reduce the span of the supported beam
7. (Tools) a cold chisel having a broad blade splayed towards the cutting edge, used for cutting stone slabs, etc
[Old English bolster; related to Old Norse bolstr, Old High German bolstar, Dutch bulster]
ˈbolsterer n
ˈbolstering n, adj

bol•ster

(ˈboʊl stər)
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. a horizontal timber on a post for lessening the free span of a beam.
v.t.
5. to support with or as if with a bolster.
6. to add to, support, or uphold: They bolstered their claim with new evidence.
[before 1000; Middle English bolstre, Old English bolster; c. Middle Dutch bolster, Old High German bolstar, Old Norse bolstr]
bol′ster•er, n.

bolster


Past participle: bolstered
Gerund: bolstering

Imperative
bolster
bolster
Present
I bolster
you bolster
he/she/it bolsters
we bolster
you bolster
they bolster
Preterite
I bolstered
you bolstered
he/she/it bolstered
we bolstered
you bolstered
they bolstered
Present Continuous
I am bolstering
you are bolstering
he/she/it is bolstering
we are bolstering
you are bolstering
they are bolstering
Present Perfect
I have bolstered
you have bolstered
he/she/it has bolstered
we have bolstered
you have bolstered
they have bolstered
Past Continuous
I was bolstering
you were bolstering
he/she/it was bolstering
we were bolstering
you were bolstering
they were bolstering
Past Perfect
I had bolstered
you had bolstered
he/she/it had bolstered
we had bolstered
you had bolstered
they had bolstered
Future
I will bolster
you will bolster
he/she/it will bolster
we will bolster
you will bolster
they will bolster
Future Perfect
I will have bolstered
you will have bolstered
he/she/it will have bolstered
we will have bolstered
you will have bolstered
they will have bolstered
Future Continuous
I will be bolstering
you will be bolstering
he/she/it will be bolstering
we will be bolstering
you will be bolstering
they will be bolstering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bolstering
you have been bolstering
he/she/it has been bolstering
we have been bolstering
you have been bolstering
they have been bolstering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bolstering
you will have been bolstering
he/she/it will have been bolstering
we will have been bolstering
you will have been bolstering
they will have been bolstering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bolstering
you had been bolstering
he/she/it had been bolstering
we had been bolstering
you had been bolstering
they had been bolstering
Conditional
I would bolster
you would bolster
he/she/it would bolster
we would bolster
you would bolster
they would bolster
Past Conditional
I would have bolstered
you would have bolstered
he/she/it would have bolstered
we would have bolstered
you would have bolstered
they would have bolstered

Bolster

Part of a wagon. It was a heavy wood beam just slightly shorter than the axle and was placed between the axle and the wagon box. There were two bolsters on a wagon. Part of a wagon. It was a heavy wood beam just slightly shorter than an axle and one was placed between each axle, and the wagon box. There were two bolsters on a wagon. The rear bolster was directly over the rear axle and firmly fixed to it. The front axle had a wooden beam (sand board) bolted to the top of it. Above that was the front bolster, which was attached to the sand board and front axle with a single loose-fitting king pin. The single pin allowed the front axle to swivel (turn) under the bolster so that the wagon direction could be controlled by the front axle. The looseness, in principle, allowed the front axle to rock from side to side a small amount without affecting the way the box rode on the Running gear. Bolsters were usually made of oak or hickory, were about four feet long, and about four by five inches in cross section. For a sketch showing the relative position of some parts of the wagon, see the Hawn entry.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bolster - a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows
pillow - a cushion to support the head of a sleeping person
Verb1.bolster - support and strengthen; "bolster morale"
reenforce, reinforce - make stronger; "he reinforced the concrete"
2.bolster - prop up with a pillow or bolster
prop, prop up, shore up, shore - support by placing against something solid or rigid; "shore and buttress an old building"
3.bolster - add padding to; "pad the seat of the chair"
fill, fill up, make full - make full, also in a metaphorical sense; "fill a container"; "fill the child with pride"

bolster

verb
1. support, help, aid, maintain, boost, strengthen, assist, prop, reinforce, hold up, cushion, brace, shore up, augment, buttress, buoy up, give a leg up to (informal) a number of measures intended to bolster morale
noun
1. pillow, support, pad, cushion Make a bolster to fit across the width of a bed.

bolster

verb
To keep from yielding or failing during stress or difficulty:
Translations
وِسادَهيَدْعَمُ
podepřítpodhlavník
bolsterforbedrepøllestyrke
tukeatyynyvahvistaa
vánkos
sessa, púîistyrkja, efla
pagalvėvelenėlis
atbalstītbalstītpolsteris
podhlavník
bolster
desteklemekkanepe yastığıtakviye etmek

bolster

[ˈbəʊlstəʳ]
A. N (= pillow) → cabezal m, almohadón m (con forma cilíndrica) (Tech) → cojín m
B. VT (fig) (also bolster up) → reforzar; [+ morale etc] → levantar

bolster

[ˈbəʊlstər]
n (= pillow) → traversin m
vt [+ confidence, courage] → soutenir
bolster up
vtsoutenir

bolster

n (on bed) → Nackenrolle f
vt (also bolster up: fig) personMut machen (+dat); statusaufbessern; currencystützen; economy, confidenceAuftrieb geben (+dat); profits, powererhöhen; caseuntermauern; supportverstärken; it bolsters my egodas gibt mir Auftrieb, das baut mich auf; to bolster (up) somebody’s moralejdm Mut machen

bolster

[ˈbəʊlstəʳ]
1. ncapezzale m
2. vt (also bolster up) → sostenere
to bolster sb's courage → incoraggiare qn

bolster

(ˈboulstə) noun
a long, often round pillow.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈbolstered
(often with up) to prop up. We're getting a loan to bolster (up) the economy.

bolster

n. cabezal; sostén, refuerzo;
___ suturesutura compuesta.
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