Bolt meaning

bōlt
The definition of a bolt is a flash of lightening.

A bolt of lightening is a flash of light in the sky right before the sound of thunder.

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Bolt means to suddenly move or run.

An example of to bolt is going from sitting in a chair to running across a room.

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A bar made of wood or metal that slides into a socket and is used to fasten doors and gates.
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To flower or produce seeds prematurely or develop a flowering stem from a rosette.
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(intransitive) To escape.
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A metal bar or rod in the mechanism of a lock that is thrown or withdrawn by turning the key.
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A fastener consisting of a threaded pin or rod with a head at one end, designed to be inserted through holes in assembled parts and secured by a mated nut that is tightened by applying torque.
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A short, heavy arrow with a thick head, used especially with a crossbow.
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A flash of lightning; a thunderbolt.
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A sudden or unexpected event.

The announcement was a veritable bolt.

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A sudden movement toward or away.
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A large roll of cloth of a definite length, especially as it comes from the loom.
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To secure or lock with or as if with a bolt.
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To arrange or roll (lengths of cloth, for example) on or in a bolt.
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To eat (food) hurriedly and with little chewing; gulp.
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To desert or withdraw support from (a political party).
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To utter impulsively; blurt.
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To move or spring suddenly.
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To start suddenly and run away.

The horse bolted at the sound of the shot. The frightened child bolted from the room.

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To break away from an affiliation, as from a political party.
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To pass (flour, for example) through a sieve.
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A short, heavy, often blunt arrow shot from a crossbow.
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A flash of lightning; thunderbolt.
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A sudden dash or movement.
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A threaded metal rod or pin for joining parts, having a head and usually used with a nut.
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A roll (of cloth, paper, etc.) of a given length.
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A jet or column (of some liquid)
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A bolting or withdrawal from one's party or group.
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A sliding bar that pushes the cartridge into place, closes the breech, and extracts the empty cartridge case after firing.
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To shoot (an arrow, etc.)
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To say suddenly or unexpectedly; blurt (out)
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To swallow (food) hurriedly; gulp down.
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To hold together or fasten with or as with a bolt.
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To roll (cloth, etc.) into bolts.
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To withdraw support from or abandon (a party, group, etc.)
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To dash out suddenly; spring; dart.
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To start suddenly and run away, as a horse.
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To withdraw support from or abandon a party, group, etc.
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To produce seed prematurely.
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To sift (flour, grain, etc.) so as to separate and grade.
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To inspect and separate, as good from bad; examine closely.
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A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a cylindrical body that is threaded, with a larger head on one end. It can be inserted into an unthreaded hole up to the head, with a nut then threaded on the other end; a heavy machine screw.
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A sliding pin or bar in a lock or latch mechanism.
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A bar of wood or metal dropped in horizontal hooks on a door and adjoining wall or between the two sides of a double door, to prevent the door(s) from being forced open.
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A sliding mechanism to chamber and unchamber a cartridge in a firearm.
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A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or a catapult, especially a short, stout arrow.
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A lightning spark, i.e., a lightning bolt.
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A sudden event, action or emotion.

The problem's solution struck him like a bolt from the blue.

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A large roll of fabric or similar material, as a bolt of cloth.
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(nautical) The standard linear measurement of canvas for use at sea: 39 yards.
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A sudden spring or start; a sudden leap aside.

The horse made a bolt.

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A sudden flight, as to escape creditors.
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(US, politics) A refusal to support a nomination made by the party with which one has been connected; a breaking away from one's party.
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An iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle; a fetter.
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To connect or assemble pieces using a bolt.

Bolt the vice to the bench.

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To secure a door by locking or barring it.

Bolt the door.

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(intransitive) To flee, to depart, to accelerate suddenly.

Seeing the snake, the horse bolted.

The actor forgot his line and bolted from the stage.

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To cause to start or spring forth; to dislodge (an animal being hunted).

To bolt a rabbit.

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To strike or fall suddenly like a bolt.
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(intransitive, botany) Of a plant, to grow quickly; to go to seed.

Lettuce and spinach will bolt as the weather warms up.

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To swallow food without chewing it.
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To drink one's drink very quickly; to down a drink.

Come on, everyone, bolt your drinks; I want to go to the next pub!

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(US, politics) To refuse to support a nomination made by a party or caucus with which one has been connected; to break away from a party.
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To utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out.
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Suddenly; straight; unbendingly.

The soldiers stood bolt upright for inspection.

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To sift, especially through a cloth.
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To sift the bran and germ from wheat flour.

Graham flour is unbolted flour.

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To separate, assort, refine, or purify by other means.
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(law) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law.

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A sieve, especially a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter.

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A surname​.
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A bolt is defined as a bar or rod used for locking or joining two things together.

An example of bolt is a gate lock with a rod that slides from the gate into the other side of the fence.

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To shoot or discharge (a missile, such as an arrow).
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bolt from the blue
  • A sudden, shocking surprise or turn of events.
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bolt upright
  • In a rigidly vertical position:.
    Sat bolt upright.
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bolt from the blue
  • A thunderbolt from a clear sky.
  • A sudden, unforeseen occurrence, often an unfortunate one.
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bolt upright
  • Straight up; erect or erectly.
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shoot one's bolt
  • To do one's utmost; exhaust one's capabilities.
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Origin of bolt

  • Middle English bulten from Old French buleter from Middle High German biuteln from biutel bag, purse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English heavy arrow

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Proto-Germanic *bultaz, perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bheld- (“to knock, strike”). Akin to Dutch bout, German Bolz or Bolzen, Icelandic bolti, Danish bolt.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English bulten, from Anglo-Norman buleter, cognate with Middle High German biuteln (“to sift”)

    From Wiktionary

  • From bolt

    From Wiktionary