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bolt

8 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bolt \Bolt\, noun [AS. bolt; akin to Icel. bolti, Dan. bolt, D. bout, OHG. bolz, G. bolz, bolzen; of uncertain origin.]

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.

Look that the crossbowmen lack not bolts. --Sir W. Scott.

A fool's bolt is soon shot. --Shak.

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 A sliding catch, or fastening, as for a door or gate; the portion of a lock which is shot or withdrawn by the action of the key.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

Away with him to prison! lay bolts enough upon him. --Shak.

6. A compact package or roll of cloth, as of canvas or silk, often containing about forty yards.

7. A bundle, as of oziers.

{Bolt auger}, an auger of large size; an auger to make holes for the bolts used by shipwrights.

{Bolt and nut}, a metallic pin with a head formed upon one end, and a movable piece (the nut) screwed upon a thread cut upon the other end. See B, C, and D, in illust. above.

Note: See {Tap bolt}, {Screw bolt}, and {Stud bolt}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bolt \Bolt\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Bolted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bolting}.]

1. To shoot; to discharge or drive forth.

2. To utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out.

I hate when Vice can bolt her arguments. --Milton.

3. To swallow without chewing; as, to bolt food; often used with down.

4. (U. S. Politics) 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.

5. (Sporting) To cause to start or spring forth; to dislodge, as conies, rabbits, etc.

6. To fasten or secure with, or as with, a bolt or bolts, as a door, a timber, fetters; to shackle; to restrain.

Let tenfold iron bolt my door. --Langhorn.

Which shackles accidents and bolts up change. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bolt \Bolt\, adverb In the manner of a bolt; suddenly; straight; unbendingly.

[He] came bolt up against the heavy dragoon. --Thackeray.

{Bolt upright}. (a) Perfectly upright; perpendicular; straight up; unbendingly erect. --Addison. (b) On the back at full length. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bolt \Bolt\, noun [From {Bolt}, verb (used without an object)]

1. A sudden spring or start; a sudden spring aside; as, the horse made a bolt.

2. A sudden flight, as to escape creditors.

This gentleman was so hopelessly involved that he contemplated a bolt to America -- or anywhere. --Compton Reade.

3. (U. S. Politics) A refusal to support a nomination made by the party with which one has been connected; a breaking away from one's party.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bolt \Bolt\ (b[=o]lt; 110), verb (used without an object)

1. 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.

This Puck seems but a dreaming dolt, . . . And oft out of a bush doth bolt. --Drayton.

2. To strike or fall suddenly like a bolt.

His cloudless thunder bolted on their heads. --Milton.

3. To spring suddenly aside, or out of the regular path; as, the horse bolted.

4. (U.S. Politics) 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bolt \Bolt\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Bolted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bolting}.] [OE. bolten, boulten, OF. buleter, F. bluter, fr. Ll. buletare, buratare, cf. F. bure coarse woolen stuff; fr. L. burrus red. See {Borrel}, and cf. {Bultel}.]

1. 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.

He now had bolted all the flour. --Spenser.

Ill schooled in bolted language. --Shak.

2. To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; -- with out.

Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things. --L'Estrange.

3. (Law) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law. --Jacob.

{To bolt to the bran}, to examine thoroughly, so as to separate or discover everything important. --Chaucer.

This bolts the matter fairly to the bran. --Harte.

The report of the committee was examined and sifted and bolted to the bran. --Burke.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bolt \Bolt\, noun A sieve, esp. a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter. --B. Jonson.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

bolt

adverb

1: in a rigid manner; "the body was rigidly erect"; "he sat bolt upright" [syn: {rigidly}, {stiffly}, {bolt}]

2: directly; "he ran bang into the pole"; "ran slap into her" [syn: {bang}, {slap}, {slapdash}, {smack}, {bolt}]

noun

1: a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder [syn: {thunderbolt}, {bolt}, {bolt of lightning}]

2: a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech

3: the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key [syn: {bolt}, {deadbolt}]

4: the act of moving with great haste; "he made a dash for the door" [syn: {dash}, {bolt}]

5: a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length

6: a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener

7: a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)

verb

1: move or jump suddenly; "She bolted from her seat"

2: secure or lock with a bolt; "bolt the door" [ant: {unbolt}]

3: swallow hastily

4: run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along; "The thief made off with our silver"; "the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe" [syn: {abscond}, {bolt}, {absquatulate}, {decamp}, {run off}, {go off}, {make off}]

5: leave suddenly and as if in a hurry; "The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas"; "When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out" [syn: {run off}, {run out}, {bolt}, {bolt out}, {beetle off}]

6: eat hastily without proper chewing; "Don't bolt your food!" [syn: {gobble}, {bolt}]

7: make or roll into bolts; "bolt fabric"

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