Bolster is defined as a long narrow cushion.noun
An example of a bolster is the cylinder shaped pillow that runs along the back of a couch.
The definition of a bolster is something that helps support weight.noun
An example of a bolster is a cross beam in a ceiling.
To bolster is to support or strengthen something.verb
An example of to bolster is to add another piece of wood to strengthen a bird house.
To bolster is to uplift.verb
An example of to bolster is lift someone’s spirits with a good speech.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a long, narrow cushion or pillow
- a soft pad for easing pressure on any part of the body
- any bolsterlike object or support; specif.,
- a capping piece over a post to extend the bearing area under a beam
- the connecting part between the volutes of an Ionic capital
Origin: ME & OE, akin to ON bolstr, Ger polster; ult. < IE base *bhel-, to swell: see ball
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- To support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion.
- To buoy up or hearten: Visitors bolstered the patient's morale.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.
- bolˈster·er noun