Definition of bollard in English:



  • 1British A short post used to prevent traffic from entering an area.

    • ‘These tests involve ordering the driver to walk in a straight line, touch their nose or walk round traffic cones or bollards.’
    • ‘Sensors and cameras were installed so that taxis, buses and emergency vehicle could continue driving through, while the bollard would rise to prevent unauthorised vehicles.’
    • ‘The only apparent purpose of these bollards is to prevent vehicles overtaking.’
    • ‘They suggest that it should either be banned or children taking part should be made to wear crash helmets, protective gloves, and use slopes free of trees, posts, or bollards.’
    • ‘He escaped by driving into Fountayne Street between the bollards situated to prevent such a manoeuvre, but was arrested ten days later.’
    • ‘Extra staff have been drafted in to carry out fortnightly checks on all street lights, traffic signs and bollards for correct operation.’
    • ‘More than 200 residents have already been issued with special electronic passes to ensure they will be able to raise and lower the two bollards upon leaving or entering the area.’
    • ‘Overgrown hedges, bollards, café chairs and holes in the pavement are just some of the problems faced by the visually impaired.’
    • ‘One later said later it was like being in a rally car as Stubbs entered a roundabout at speed and skidded into a traffic bollard, demolishing it.’
    • ‘The vehicle was travelling towards Whitefield when it struck a traffic bollard, hit a parked car and rebounded into the shop front.’
    • ‘They and police want to install moving bollards to prevent motorists from driving along the pedestrianised route.’
    • ‘The council spent money cleaning up the land, putting in bollards to prevent vehicles going on to the foreshore, and removing abandoned vehicles.’
    • ‘All of the cast iron traffic bollards in the town centre are also getting a bright new look.’
    • ‘He said Mr Rhodes had not anticipated the traffic bollard in the middle of the road and had lost control after being forced to make a harsh steering manoeuvre.’
    • ‘They want speed humps and bollards fitted in the area to prevent problems with cars failing to complete the right-hand turn from Tunbridge Road to Tickfield Avenue.’
    • ‘The absence of litter, graffiti and weeds was commended, but the street furniture, bollards, seating and railings would benefit from fresh painting and staining, they said.’
    • ‘They used a traffic bollard to smash six windows.’
    • ‘He further points out that parking on footpaths is somewhat of a nuisance in some areas of the town and suggests the use of bollards in some sensitive areas would prevent this.’
    • ‘These mark individual parking spaces and the metal bollards are to prevent vehicles parking on the footpath.’
    pole, stake, upright, shaft, prop, support, picket, strut, pillar, pale, paling, column, piling, standard, stanchion, pylon, stave, rod, newel, baluster, jamb, mast
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  • 2A short, thick post on the deck of a ship or a quayside, to which a ship's rope may be secured.

    • ‘Interesting features along the edge of the deck include a hoist and pulley, a huge pair of bollards and similarly sized deck cleats.’
    • ‘Pairs of bollards are mounted on thick steel plates and are consequently found together even after the rest of the wreck is just a pile of scrap.’
    • ‘Working away from the shot we passed over an area of recognisable decking before taking a belay off a mooring bollard.’
    • ‘As you come to the stern, you'll see a metal structure that was once the deck roofing; bollards and mooring cables, airducts and a winch are still clearly visible.’
    • ‘Several of the larger locks have floating bollards that you place one of your lines around as you stand amidships on your boat.’
    • ‘Nine steel bollards, usually used to support the hulls of ships, blockade the yard's entrance.’
    • ‘Towards the edge of the deck are a pair of mooring bollards and a fairlead.’
    • ‘The first things to greet you are the huge mooring bollards that stick out at right angles, their ropes still wound in a figure of eight around them.’
    • ‘Photographs and film both show manila rope still neatly stowed about the ship's mooring bollards.’
    • ‘Above the bow, to the port side of the wreck, debris from the deck includes a pair of mooring bollards and a small crane that would have been used to service the anchors.’
    • ‘He is featured on the cover, placing a line around a bollard as a ship enters port at Newport Naval Base.’
    • ‘Wilf gave up his efforts to secure the towline, leaned against the starboard bollard and grinned with enjoyment as he sat there watching his grandfather, who was used to doing things his own way, fume impotently.’
    • ‘He parked alongside some piles of pallets stacked on the quayside which were very close to the bollards to which the starboard mooring lines were secured.’
    • ‘Bitts and bollards, by the way, are for tying rope around, not redirecting it.’
    • ‘Ascending the starboard side of the stern, there are no nets and it is safe to venture a little further forward to meet the deck near a small pair of mooring bollards.’
    • ‘Although tilted on one side, the deck is recognisable from bollards and railings.’
    • ‘Precast quay panels are nearing completion and the new bollards for tying up ships and fenders are visible from the waterfront.’
    • ‘The wooden decking is still reasonably intact, though crowded with fittings to support the ship's boats and bollards for securing the boats.’
    • ‘Before the bows are the remains of another mast and port and starboard pairs of bollards.’
    • ‘Forward of the holds are the usual pairs of mooring bollards on solid steel plates, deck planking rotting around them.’


Middle English (in bollard (sense 2 of the noun)): perhaps from Old Norse bolr (see bole) + -ard.