Main definitions of bolster in US English:

: bolster1bolster2

bolster1

(also bolster pillow)

noun

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

    • ‘If you can't reach the floor, use a pillow or bolster to prop up your feet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both are sandwiched into a small swing between fat pink silk bolsters so there isn't much room for coyness.’
    • ‘They normally sat cross-legged on the floor, preferably on a carpet with bolsters or pillows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I throw a pillow over my face and take a bolster and sandwich it between my legs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of pillows they had what are called bolsters.’
    • ‘Yoga merchandising too is a hit - mats, videos, blocks, towels, music, rugs, bolsters, scented oils and even getaways are on sale.’
    • ‘Place a firm bolster against the wall.’
    • ‘Pillows or bolsters might be used to position you during the massage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In supine poses the back rests on a bolster or higher support while the legs are crossed simply or placed in different positions.’
    • ‘The décor features Thai motifs and fabrics, and there's a nook with colourful bolsters and a sea view.’
    • ‘The patient's heel was placed on a bolster so that the knee could be fully hyperextended.’
    • ‘It does have cool round green rugs on the floor and a fuzzy green bolster on the bed.’
    • ‘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).’
    pillow, cushion, pad, support, rest
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    1. 1.1 A part of a vehicle or tool providing structural support.
      • ‘These screwdrivers had a forged one-piece tempered blade including a bolster and special wings on two sides.’
      • ‘Once again, titanium bolsters and liners are standard.’
      • ‘The modified double-ground blade and angular bolsters flow into a handle that fits the palm like a glove.’
      • ‘The folding arm rest fits in the inside bolster that is bigger than the outside bolster.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Colorful handles and titanium bolsters are also present on the best - selling lines.’
      • ‘Pullman made a slight change to the crosspiece in the handle and added integral wings on the shank under the bolster.’
      • ‘To fit the articulated truck onto the trailer, one end of the truck was placed atop the trailer bolster.’
      • ‘The bolsters, handle. pivot pin and release mechanism all presented unique technical challenges.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All feature stacked leather washer handles with double steel bolsters.’
      • ‘Another safety enhancement is the tiny sliding safety switch at the top of the bolster.’
      • ‘The handle scales are made of nicely figured redwood and the bolsters are made of stainless steel.’
    2. 1.2Building A short timber cap over a post designed to increase the bearing of the beams it supports.

verb

[with object]
  • 1Support or strengthen; prop up.

    ‘the fall in interest rates is starting to bolster confidence’
    ‘he wished to bolster up his theories with hard data’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They took high premiums to bolster up the funds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If stress becomes apparent to the coach, he should attempt to bolster confidence with moral support.’
    • ‘These relationships can also bolster trial enrollment by providing better access to both the targeted patients and the referring physicians for the study.’
    • ‘This in turn provides social stability to bolster food production and distribution.’
    • ‘The ‘slammers’ advocate bold and decisive action: a cut that will bolster markets and business confidence.’
    • ‘I hoped even the smallest success would bolster my confidence.’
    • ‘While working to bolster this great strength, she also took its perceived weaknesses in hand.’
    • ‘In addition to improving prairie health, this would bolster tourism by providing a connection to prairie-region natural history and cultural heritage.’
    • ‘The potion did much to bolster her strength, but her lungs were soon burning, and her heart felt as though it would burst.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Numerous products claim to bolster strength or endurance in sports.’
    • ‘Retailers rely heavily upon the period to bolster their annual sales and profits.’
    • ‘It doesn't do much to bolster confidence in them.’
    • ‘Subsidised destruction is, arguably, the most successful way not just to restore consumer confidence, but to bolster the market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To bolster their market strength today, producers must have the ability to do more than negotiate with the local canner or grocery store.’
    • ‘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.’
    strengthen, support, reinforce, make stronger, boost, fortify, give a boost to
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    1. 1.1 Provide (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

/ˈbōlstər//ˈboʊlstər/

Main definitions of bolster in US English:

: bolster1bolster2

bolster2

noun

  • A heavy chisel used for cutting bricks.

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

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bolster

/ˈbōlstər//ˈboʊlstər/