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bolster

BOLSTER, n.

1. A long pillow or cushion,used to support the head of persons lying on a bed; generally laid under the pillows.

2. A pad, or quilt,used to hinder pressure,support any part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part a compress.

3. In sadlery, a part of a saddle raised upon the bows or hinder part, to hold the rider's thigh.

4. In ships, a cushion or bag, filled with tarred canvas,used to preserve the stays from being worn or chafed by the masts.

BOLSTER, v.t. To support with a bolster, pillow or any soft pad or quilt.

1. To support; to hold up; to maintain.

2. To afford a bed to.



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BOLSTER, n.

1. A long pillow or cushion,used to support the head of persons lying on a bed; generally laid under the pillows.

2. A pad, or quilt,used to hinder pressure,support any part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part a compress.

3. In sadlery, a part of a saddle raised upon the bows or hinder part, to hold the rider's thigh.

4. In ships, a cushion or bag, filled with tarred canvas,used to preserve the stays from being worn or chafed by the masts.

BOLSTER, v.t. To support with a bolster, pillow or any soft pad or quilt.

1. To support; to hold up; to maintain.

2. To afford a bed to.

BOL'STER, n. [Sax. bolster; Sw. bolster; Ger. polster; Dan. bolster-dyne, a feather bed; Pers. بَالِشتْ balisht. In Dutch, bolster is a husk, cod, or shell.]

  1. A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of persons lying on a bed; generally laid under the pillows.
  2. A pad, or quilt, used to hinder pressure, support any part is of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress.
  3. In saddlery, a part of a saddle raised upon the bows or hinder part, to hold the rider's thigh. – Farrier's Dict.
  4. In ships, a cushion or bag, filled with tarred canvas, used to preserve the stays from being worn or chafed by the masts. – Mar. Dict.

BOL'STER, v.t.

  1. To support with a bolster, pillow, or any soft pad or quilt.
  2. To support; to hold up; to maintain. – Hooker. South.
  3. To afford a bed to. [Unusual.] – Shak.

Bol"ster
  1. A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of a person lying on a bed; -- generally laid under the pillows.

    And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
    This way the coverlet, another way the sheets.
    Shak.

  2. To support with a bolster or pillow.

    S. Sharp.
  3. A pad, quilt, or anything used to hinder pressure, support any part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress.

    This arm shall be a bolster for thy head.
    Gay.

  4. To support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or unusual effort] -- often with up.

    To bolster baseness.
    Drayton.

    Shoddy inventions designed to bolster up a factitious pride.
    Compton Reade.

  5. Anything arranged to act as a support, as in various forms of mechanism, etc.
  6. A cushioned or a piece part of a saddle.
  7. A cushioned or a piece of soft wood covered with tarred canvas, placed on the trestletrees and against the mast, for the collars of the shrouds to rest on, to prevent chafing.

    (b)
  8. A plate of iron or a mass of wood under the end of a bridge girder, to keep the girder from resting directly on the abutment.
  9. A transverse bar above the axle of a wagon, on which the bed or body rests.
  10. The crossbeam forming the bearing piece of the body of a railway car; the central and principal cross beam of a car truck.
  11. the perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched.
  12. That part of a knife blade which abuts upon the end of the handle.

    (b)
  13. The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital.

    G. Francis.
  14. A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation.

    [See Illust. of Gun carriage.]

    Bolster work (Arch.), members which are bellied or curved outward like cushions, as in friezes of certain classical styles.

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Bolster

BOLSTER, noun

1. A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of persons lying on a bed; generally laid under the pillows.

2. A pad, or quilt, used to hinder pressure, support any part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part a compress.

3. In sadlery, a part of a saddle raised upon the bows or hinder part, to hold the rider's thigh.

4. In ships, a cushion or bag, filled with tarred canvas, used to preserve the stays from being worn or chafed by the masts.

BOLSTER, verb transitive To support with a bolster pillow or any soft pad or quilt.

1. To support; to hold up; to maintain.

2. To afford a bed to.

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