- The definition of a bolster is something that helps support weight.
An example of a bolster is a cross beam in a ceiling.
- 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.
- 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.
bolster definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
bolster definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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