- Bolster is defined as a long narrow cushion.
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.
An example of a bolster is a cross beam in a ceiling.
- To bolster is to support or strengthen something.
An example of to bolster is to add another piece of wood to strengthen a bird house.
- To bolster is to uplift.
An example of to bolster is lift someone’s spirits with a good speech.
A black and white striped bolster.
- 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 of bolsterMiddle English and amp; Old English akin to Old Norse bolstr, German polster; ultimately ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhel-, to swell: see ball
transitive verbbol·stered, bol·ster·ing, bol·sters
- 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 of bolsterMiddle English, from Old English; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.
- A large cushion or pillow.
- A pad, quilt, or anything used to hinder pressure, support part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress.
- A short, horizontal, structural timber between a post and a beam for enlarging the bearing area of the post and/or reducing the span of the beam. Sometimes also called a pillow or cross-head (Australian English).
- The perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched.
- The part of a knife blade that abuts upon the end of the handle.
- The metallic end of a pocketknife handle.
- (architecture) The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital.
- (military, historical) A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation.
(third-person singular simple present bolsters, present participle bolstering, simple past and past participle bolstered)
- bolters, lobster, trobles
From Middle English bolstre, from Old English bolster (“bolster, cushion”), from Proto-Germanic *bulstraz, *bulstrą (“bolster”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰelǵʰ- (“bag, pillow, paunch”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to swell, blow, inflate, burst”). Cognate with Scots bowster (“bolster”), West Frisian bulster (“mattress”), Dutch bolster (“husk, shell”), German Polster (“bolster, pillow, pad”), Swedish bolster (“soft mattress, bolster”), Icelandic bólstur (“pillow”).