- any of the strong posts on a pier for holding fast a ship's mooring lines
Origin of bollardprobably extension of bole
- Nautical A thick post on a ship or wharf, used for securing ropes and hawsers.
- One of a series of posts preventing vehicles from entering an area.
- A projecting bulge of snow or ice used as an anchor for a rope in mountaineering.
Origin of bollardMiddle English, probably from bole, tree trunk; see bole1.
- (nautical) A strong vertical post of timber or iron, fixed to the ground and/or on the deck of a ship, to which the ship's mooring lines etc are secured
- A similar post preventing vehicle access to a pedestrian area, to delineate traffic lanes, or used for security purposes.
- (pejorative) A stupid or foolish person; one who behaves like or resembles a bollard.
Origin unknown; perhaps from bole.