Main definitions of bolster in English

: bolster1bolster2

bolster1

noun

  • 1A long, thick pillow that is placed under other pillows for support.

    • ‘The cushions and pillows and bolster were all bright red, as was the canopy that draped itself over the posts of her bed, and dangled in soft muslin ruches.’
    • ‘You could put this against a wall and decorate it with a bolster and cushions to create a day bed that becomes a spare bed at night.’
    • ‘Wolf still slept, floating on an ocean of peace, his knees up front like a child's, his big hands cradling the chunk of wood on which his head rested, as if it were a bolster stuffed with down.’
    • ‘Lying on your back, place a bolster or pillow under the bottom edges of your shoulder blades so that your arms can comfortably extend out to the sides or overhead.’
    • ‘In supine poses the back rests on a bolster or higher support while the legs are crossed simply or placed in different positions.’
    • ‘Place a firm bolster against the wall.’
    • ‘They normally sat cross-legged on the floor, preferably on a carpet with bolsters or pillows.’
    • ‘Instead of pillows they had what are called bolsters.’
    • ‘It does have cool round green rugs on the floor and a fuzzy green bolster on the bed.’
    • ‘Pillows or bolsters might be used to position you during the massage.’
    • ‘If you can't reach the floor, use a pillow or bolster to prop up your feet.’
    • ‘I throw a pillow over my face and take a bolster and sandwich it between my legs.’
    • ‘The décor features Thai motifs and fabrics, and there's a nook with colourful bolsters and a sea view.’
    • ‘I was dying to be with my pals and witness the crawling procession, but I had been made to hold a bottle of rose water, which I must sprinkle on the guests as they sat down on carpets, leaning against bolsters.’
    • ‘Both are sandwiched into a small swing between fat pink silk bolsters so there isn't much room for coyness.’
    • ‘The patient's heel was placed on a bolster so that the knee could be fully hyperextended.’
    • ‘Yoga merchandising too is a hit - mats, videos, blocks, towels, music, rugs, bolsters, scented oils and even getaways are on sale.’
    • ‘Sessions were kept short or broken for comfort breaks so that she could be re-positioned with supporting pillows and bolsters.’
    • ‘Sit with your knees together and your buttocks on your heels (or resting on a bolster if you suffer from knee pain).’
    • ‘Aside from formula, Nadiyah's parents have taken all her favorite items with them, including a pillow and a bolster, to help make the pilgrimage a rewarding experience for her.’
    pillow, cushion, pad, support, rest
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  • 2A part on a vehicle or tool providing structural support or reducing friction.

    • ‘To fit the articulated truck onto the trailer, one end of the truck was placed atop the trailer bolster.’
    • ‘The left model sports titanium bolsters and carbon fiber scales, the model at right has an all-titanium frame with machined arcs to enhance the grip.’
    • ‘Colorful handles and titanium bolsters are also present on the best - selling lines.’
    • ‘The modified double-ground blade and angular bolsters flow into a handle that fits the palm like a glove.’
    • ‘Another safety enhancement is the tiny sliding safety switch at the top of the bolster.’
    • ‘All feature stacked leather washer handles with double steel bolsters.’
    • ‘The bolsters, handle. pivot pin and release mechanism all presented unique technical challenges.’
    • ‘The folding arm rest fits in the inside bolster that is bigger than the outside bolster.’
    • ‘Once again, titanium bolsters and liners are standard.’
    • ‘Pullman made a slight change to the crosspiece in the handle and added integral wings on the shank under the bolster.’
    • ‘The handle scales are made of nicely figured redwood and the bolsters are made of stainless steel.’
    • ‘The scales - offered in a variety of synthetic and natural materials - are dovetailed into the bolsters, protecting them from the forces of stress or shear.’
    • ‘These screwdrivers had a forged one-piece tempered blade including a bolster and special wings on two sides.’
    1. 2.1Building A short timber cap over a post designed to increase the bearing of the beams it supports.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Support or strengthen:

    ‘the fall in interest rates is starting to bolster confidence’
    • ‘To bolster their market strength today, producers must have the ability to do more than negotiate with the local canner or grocery store.’
    • ‘These relationships can also bolster trial enrollment by providing better access to both the targeted patients and the referring physicians for the study.’
    • ‘They took high premiums to bolster up the funds.’
    • ‘Therefore, it was imperative Dutch traders find new and lucrative markets to bolster their economy and provide the funds needed to continue the war against Spain.’
    • ‘In this connection it is necessary to remind oneself that people do give untruthful evidence for other reasons, including for example, an attempt to bolster up the truth.’
    • ‘If stress becomes apparent to the coach, he should attempt to bolster confidence with moral support.’
    • ‘This in turn provides social stability to bolster food production and distribution.’
    • ‘I hoped even the smallest success would bolster my confidence.’
    • ‘For a nation that prides itself on giving generous donations to bolster up a welfare service that ought to be the primary care of government, this kind of treatment is deplorable.’
    • ‘The object is a personal digital assistant capable of supporting field commanders and bolstering their memories.’
    • ‘Any and every incident was seized upon to bolster police powers and strengthen the state apparatus.’
    • ‘Retailers rely heavily upon the period to bolster their annual sales and profits.’
    • ‘In addition to improving prairie health, this would bolster tourism by providing a connection to prairie-region natural history and cultural heritage.’
    • ‘It doesn't do much to bolster confidence in them.’
    • ‘The ‘slammers’ advocate bold and decisive action: a cut that will bolster markets and business confidence.’
    • ‘Numerous products claim to bolster strength or endurance in sports.’
    • ‘The potion did much to bolster her strength, but her lungs were soon burning, and her heart felt as though it would burst.’
    • ‘While working to bolster this great strength, she also took its perceived weaknesses in hand.’
    • ‘It is so easy to go out and play when you are relaxed and when you have a manager who bolsters your confidence like that.’
    • ‘Subsidised destruction is, arguably, the most successful way not just to restore consumer confidence, but to bolster the market.’
    strengthen, support, reinforce, make stronger, boost, fortify, give a boost to
    prop up, buoy up, shore up, hold up, maintain, buttress, brace, stiffen, uphold
    aid, assist, help
    supplement, augment, feed, add to, increase
    revitalize, invigorate, renew, regenerate
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  • 2Provide (a seat) with padded support:

    ‘I snuggled down into the heavily bolstered seat’
    • ‘The seats are well bolstered and leather trim is also available.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bolster and German Polster.

Pronunciation:

bolster

/ˈbəʊlstə/

Main definitions of bolster in English

: bolster1bolster2

bolster2

noun

  • A heavy chisel used for cutting bricks.

    • ‘Using the bolster, make a groove about 1 mm deep around the brick.’
    • ‘If you must cut a brick to an exact line, use the bolster.’
    • ‘‘I began to knock the wooden fascia off using a bolster and hammer,’ said Mr Sparkes.’
    • ‘Tap the bolster firmly with a club hammer to achieve the desired effect.’

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

bolster

/ˈbəʊlstə/