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Meaning of BOLSTER

Pronunciation:  'bowlstur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows
  2. [v]  support; of morale, theories, etc.
  3. [v]  add padding to; "pad the seat of the chair"
  4. [v]  prop up with a pillow or bolster

BOLSTER is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bolster up, long pillow, pad, support
 See Also: fill, fill up, make full, pillow, prop, prop up, reenforce, reinforce, shore, shore up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bol"ster\, n. [AS. bolster; akin to Icel. b?lstr, Sw. &
    Dan. bolster, OHG. bolstar, polstar, G. polster; from the
    same root as E. bole stem, bowl hollow vessel. Cf. {Bulge},
    1. A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of a
       person lying on a bed; -- generally laid under the
             And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
             This way the coverlet, another way the sheets.
    2. A pad, quilt, or anything used to hinder pressure, support
       any part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a
       wounded part; a compress.
             This arm shall be a bolster for thy head. --Gay.
    3. Anything arranged to act as a support, as in various forms
       of mechanism, etc.
    4. (Saddlery) A cushioned or a piece part of a saddle.
    5. (Naut.)
       (a) A cushioned or a piece of soft wood covered with
           tarred canvas, placed on the trestletrees and against
           the mast, for the collars of the shrouds to rest on,
           to prevent chafing.
       (b) Anything used to prevent chafing.
    6. A plate of iron or a mass of wood under the end of a
       bridge girder, to keep the girder from resting directly on
       the abutment.
    7. A transverse bar above the axle of a wagon, on which the
       bed or body rests.
    8. The crossbeam forming the bearing piece of the body of a
       railway car; the central and principal cross beam of a car
    9. (Mech.) the perforated plate in a punching machine on
       which anything rests when being punched.
    10. (Cutlery)
        (a) That part of a knife blade which abuts upon the end
            of the handle.
        (b) The metallic end of a pocketknife handle. --G.
    11. (Arch.) The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic
        capital. --G. Francis.
    12. (Mil.) A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun,
        upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for
    Note: [See Illust. of {Gun carriage}.]
    {Bolster work} (Arch.), members which are bellied or curved
       outward like cushions, as in friezes of certain classical
  2. \Bol"ster\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bolstered}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Bolstering}.]
    1. To support with a bolster or pillow. --S. Sharp.
    2. To support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or
       unusual effort; -- often with up.
             To bolster baseness.                  --Drayton.
             Shoddy inventions designed to bolster up a
             factitious pride.                     --Compton
Easton Bible Dictionary

The Hebrew word _kebir_, rendered "pillow" in 1 Sam. 19:13, 16, but in Revised Version marg. "quilt" or "network," probably means some counterpane or veil intended to protect the head of the sleeper. A different Hebrew word (meraashoth') is used for "bolster" (1 Sam. 26:7, 11, 16). It is rightly rendered in Revised Version "at his head." In Gen. 28:11, 18 the Authorized Version renders it "for his pillows," and the Revised Version "under his head." In Ezek. 13:18, 20 another Hebrew word (kesathoth) is used, properly denoting "cushions" or "pillows," as so rendered both in the Authorized and the Revised Version.

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