Jolt definition

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The definition of a jolt is an abrupt movement or a surprise or shock.

An abrupt push in the crowd that pushes you forward is an example of a jolt.

A surprise that someone gives you that encourages you to get your life back on track is an example of a jolt.

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To shock or surprise.
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To move or dislodge with a sudden, hard blow; strike heavily or jarringly.

Jolted his opponent with a heavy punch; an impact that jolted the mailbox loose.

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To disturb suddenly and severely; stun.

She was jolted by the betrayal of her trusted friend.

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To knock sharply; to deal a blow to.
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To shock (someone) into taking action or being alert; as, to jolt someone out of complacency.
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Her untimely death jolted us all.

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(intransitive) To shake; to move with a series of jerks.

The bus jolted along the stony path.

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An act of jolting.
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(slang) A long prison sentence.
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(slang) A narcotic injection.
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To jolt is defined as to push, prod, shake, or surprise someone abruptly or in order to make them act, or to lurch or move ungracefully.

When you push someone roughly in a crowd, this is an example of a time when you jolt him.

When you give someone a surprise to try to wake them up and get them back on track in life, this is an example of a time when you jolt him.

When you lurch forward unsteadily, this is an example of a time when you jolt forward.

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To cause to move jerkily.

Stops and starts that jolted the passengers.

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To proceed in an irregular, bumpy, or jerky fashion.
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A brief strong portion.

A jolt of whiskey.

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A sudden, strong feeling of surprise or disappointment; a shock.
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The cause of such a feeling.

His resignation was a jolt to the whole staff.

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To shake up or jar, as with a bumpy ride or sharp blow.
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To move along in a bumpy, jerky manner.
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A sudden jerk or shake, as from a blow.
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A shock or surprise.
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A drink of liquor neat.
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To push or shake abruptly and roughly.

The bus jolted its passengers.

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To put into a specified condition by or as if by a blow.
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To make suddenly active or effective.

The remark jolted my memory.

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A sudden jarring or jerking motion, as from a blow.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jolt
Plural:
jolts

Origin of jolt

  • Origin unknown

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

  • Maybe from Middle English jollen.

    From Wiktionary