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Dictionary Definition

bolt

Noun

1 a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder [syn: thunderbolt, bolt of lightning]
2 a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech
3 the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key [syn: deadbolt]
4 the act of moving with great haste; "he made a dash for the door" [syn: dash]
5 a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length
6 a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
7 a sudden abandonment (as from a political party) adv
1 in a rigid manner; "the body was rigidly erect"; "ge sat bolt upright" [syn: rigidly, stiffly]
2 directly; "he ran bang into the pole"; "ran slap into her" [syn: bang, slap, slapdash, smack]

Verb

1 move or jump suddenly; "She bolted from her seat"
2 secure or lock with a bolt; "bolt the door" [ant: unbolt]
3 swallow hastily
4 run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along [syn: abscond, absquatulate, decamp, run off, go off]
5 leave suddenly and as if in a hurry; "The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas"; "When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out" [syn: run off, run out, bolt out, beetle off]
6 eat hastily without proper chewing; "Don't bolt your food!" [syn: gobble]
7 make or roll into bolts; "bolt fabric"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *bultas, perhaps from Proto-Indo-European base *bheld- "to knock, strike".

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a cylindrical body, partially or completely threaded, and a larger head. Unlike a screw, it can be inserted into an unthreaded hole up to the head, with a nut threaded on the other end.
  2. A sliding pin or bar in a lock or latch mechanism.
  3. A bar of wood or metal dropped in hooks on a door and adjoining walls, or between the two sides of a double door, to prevent the door(s) from being forced open.
  4. A sliding mechanism to chamber and unchamber a round in a gun.
  5. A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or a catapult, especially a short, stout, blunt-headed arrow.
  6. A lightning spark, i.e. lightning bolt: a bolt from the blue.
  7. A large roll of material, e.g. fabric: a bolt of cloth.
  8. The standard measurement of length of canvas for use at sea; 39 yards

Translations

metal fastener
  • Chinese tradtional/simplified: 拴緊, 拴緊 (shuān jǐn)
  • Czech: šroub
  • Finnish: pultti
  • French: boulon
  • German: Schraube
  • Hebrew: בורג (boreg)
  • Hungarian: csavar
  • Norwegian: bolt
  • Serbian: reza, prevornica
  • Spanish: tornillo
sliding pin or bar in a lock
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 門栓, 門栓 (mén shuān)
  • Finnish: salpa
  • French: verrou
  • German: Riegel
  • Hungarian: retesz
  • Serbian: zavrtanj
bar to prevent a door from being forced open
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 門栓, 門栓 (mén shuān)
  • Finnish: telki, salpa
  • German: Riegel
  • Hungarian: tolózár
  • Serbian: šip, čivija
sliding mechanism to chamber and unchamber a round in a gun
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 螺栓, 螺栓 (luó shuān)
  • Finnish: lukko
  • Norwegian: sluttstykke
  • Serbian: zatvarač
short, stout, blunt-headed arrow
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 弩箭, 弩箭 (lǔ)
  • Finnish: vasama
  • German: Bolzen
  • Serbian: strelka, strela
  • Spanish: virote
lightning spark
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 閃電, 閃電 (shǎn diàn)
  • Finnish: salama
  • Hungarian: villámcsapás
large roll of material
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 一匹, 一匹 (yì pī)
  • Finnish: rulla, pakka, paali
  • German: Ballen
  • Serbian: smotak, bala
standard measure of length of canvas
  • Chinese traditional/simplified: 一捲, 一捲 (yì juàn)
  • Serbian: bala

See also

Verb

  1. To connect or assemble pieces using a bolt.
    Bolt the vice to the bench.
  2. To secure a door by locking or barring it.
    Bolt the door.
  3. To accelerate suddenly.
    The horse bolted.
  4. To escape.
  5. Of a plant, to grow quickly; to go to seed.
    Lettuce and spinach will bolt as the weather warms up.

Translations

to connect pieces using a bolt
to secure a door
  • Finnish: teljetä, salvata
to accelerate suddenly
  • Finnish: rynnätä
to escape
  • Finnish: karata, paeta
of a plant, to grow quickly

Hungarian

Etymology

From Italian volta

Noun

hu-noun ok

Extensive Definition

Bolt may refer to:

Fasteners

Comics

Weaponry

Other meanings

See also

bolt in Danish: Bolt
bolt in German: Bolzen
bolt in Japanese: ボルト
bolt in Russian: Болт (значения)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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