Skip to main content
Select Source:

bolt

bolt1 / bōlt/ • n. 1. a metal pin or bar, in particular: ∎  a bar that slides into a socket to fasten a door or window. ∎  a threaded pin that screws into a nut and is used to fasten things together. ∎  the sliding piece of the breech mechanism of a rifle. ∎  (in rock climbing) a long pin that is driven into a rock face so that a rope can be attached to it. 2. a short heavy arrow shot from a crossbow. 3. a flash of lightning leaving a jagged line across the sky. • v. [tr.] fasten (something) with a metal pin or bar, in particular: ∎  fasten (a door or window) with a bar that slides into a socket: all the doors were locked and bolted. ∎  [tr.] fasten (an object) to something else with a bolt: a camera was bolted to the aircraft. PHRASES: a bolt from (or out of) the blue a sudden and unexpected event or piece of news: the job came like a bolt from the blue. bolt upright upright, with the back rigid and straight: she sat bolt upright in bed. have shot one's bolt inf. have done all that one is able.

bolts

bolt2 • v. 1. [intr.] (of a horse or other animal) run away suddenly out of control: the horses shied and bolted. ∎  [intr.] (of a person) move or run away suddenly: they bolted down the stairs. ∎  (of a plant) grow tall quickly and stop flowering as seeds develop: the lettuces have bolted. 2. [tr.] (often bolt something down) eat or swallow (food) quickly: it is normal for puppies to bolt down their food. PHRASES: make a bolt for try to escape by moving suddenly toward (something): Ellie made a bolt for the door. bolt3 • n. a roll of fabric, originally as a measure: the room is stacked with bolts of cloth. bolt4 (also boult) • v. [tr.] archaic pass (flour, powder, or other material) through a sieve.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"bolt." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"bolt." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 11, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/bolt-0

"bolt." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved December 11, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/bolt-0

bolt

bolt1 stout arrow OE.; stout pin for fastening XII; (from LG.) roll of fabric, etc. XV. OE., = MLG. bolte(n), bolt, fetter, piece of rolled-up linen, (M)Du. bout bolt, OHG. bolz (G. bolzen) arrow, bolt for a door; of unkn. orig.
Hence bolt vb. dart off XIII; fasten with a bolt XVI.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"bolt." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"bolt." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 11, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/bolt-1

"bolt." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Retrieved December 11, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/bolt-1

Bolt

Bolt

a bundle; a compact packet; a roll of woven fabric.

Examples: bolt of canvas [40 yards], 1638; of cloth [40 yards]; of fabric; of glass [molten cylindrical jet]; of osiers [willow twigs], 1725; of satin, 1592; of silk [40 yards]; of straw; of worsted, 1407.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Bolt." Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. . Encyclopedia.com. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Bolt." Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 11, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/bolt

"Bolt." Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. . Retrieved December 11, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/bolt

bolt

bolt2, boult sift. XIII. — OF. bul(e)ter (mod. bluter). prob. of Gmc. orig.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"bolt." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"bolt." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 11, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/bolt-2

"bolt." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Retrieved December 11, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/bolt-2

bolt

bolt •gestalt • asphalt •belt, Celt, dealt, dwelt, felt, gelt, knelt, melt, misdealt, pelt, Scheldt, smelt, spelt, svelte, veld, welt •fan belt • seat belt • lifebelt • sunbelt •rust belt • Copperbelt • heartfelt •underfelt • backveld • bushveld •Roosevelt •atilt, built, gilt, guilt, hilt, jilt, kilt, lilt, quilt, silt, spilt, stilt, tilt, upbuilt, wilt •Vanderbilt • volte •assault, Balt, exalt, fault, halt, malt, salt, smalt, vault •cobalt • stringhalt • basalt •somersault • polevault •bolt, colt, dolt, holt, jolt, moult (US molt), poult, smolt, volt •deadbolt • Humboldt • thunderbolt •megavolt • spoilt • Iseult •consult, cult, exult, indult, insult, penult, result, ult •adult • occult • tumult • catapult •difficult • Hasselt

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"bolt." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Encyclopedia.com. 11 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"bolt." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 11, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/bolt

"bolt." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Retrieved December 11, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/bolt