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NOUN (1)

1. a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows;
[syn: bolster, long pillow]


VERB (3)

1. support and strengthen;
- Example: "bolster morale"
[syn: bolster, bolster up]

2. prop up with a pillow or bolster;

3. add padding to;
- Example: "pad the seat of the chair"
[syn: pad, bolster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bolster \Bol"ster\ (b[=o]l"st[~e]r; 110), n. [AS. bolster; akin to Icel. b[=o]lstr, Sw. & Dan. bolster, OHG. bolstar, polstar, G. polster; from the same root as E. bole stem, bowl hollow vessel. Cf. Bulge, Poltroon.] 1. A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of a person lying on a bed; -- generally laid under the pillows. [1913 Webster] And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster, This way the coverlet, another way the sheets. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] This arm shall be a bolster for thy head. --Gay. [1913 Webster] 3. Anything arranged to act as a support, as in various forms of mechanism, etc. [1913 Webster] 4. (Saddlery) A cushioned or a piece part of a saddle. [1913 Webster] 5. (Naut.) (a) 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) Anything used to prevent chafing. [1913 Webster] 6. 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. [1913 Webster] 7. A transverse bar above the axle of a wagon, on which the bed or body rests. [1913 Webster] 8. The crossbeam forming the bearing piece of the body of a railway car; the central and principal cross beam of a car truck. [1913 Webster] 9. (Mech.) the perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched. [1913 Webster] 10. (Cutlery) (a) That part of a knife blade which abuts upon the end of the handle. (b) The metallic end of a pocketknife handle. --G. Francis. [1913 Webster] 11. (Arch.) The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital. --G. Francis. [1913 Webster] 12. (Mil.) A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation. Note: [See Illust. of Gun carriage.] [1913 Webster] Bolster work (Arch.), members which are bellied or curved outward like cushions, as in friezes of certain classical styles. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bolster \Bol"ster\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bolstered; p. pr. & vb. n. Bolstering.] 1. To support with a bolster or pillow. --S. Sharp. [1913 Webster] 2. To support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or unusual effort; -- often with up. [1913 Webster] To bolster baseness. --Drayton. [1913 Webster] Shoddy inventions designed to bolster up a factitious pride. --Compton Reade. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

bolster n 1: a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows [syn: bolster, long pillow] v 1: support and strengthen; "bolster morale" [syn: bolster, bolster up] 2: prop up with a pillow or bolster 3: add padding to; "pad the seat of the chair" [syn: pad, bolster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

92 Moby Thesaurus words for "bolster": advance, affirm, afford support, aid, air mattress, assist, assure, attest, authenticate, back, back up, bear, bear out, bear up, bedding, bolster up, brace, brace up, buck up, buoy up, buttress, carry, certify, cheer, circumstantiate, confirm, corroborate, cradle, crutch, cushion, document, embolden, encourage, finance, fortify, fund, further, give support, hearten, help, hold, hold up, innerspring mattress, inspire, inspirit, keep, keep afloat, keep up, lend support, litter, mainstay, maintain, mat, mattress, nerve, pad, pallet, pillow, probate, prop, prop up, prove, ratify, reassure, reinforce, rug, shore, shore up, shoulder, sleeping bag, springs, stay, strengthen, subsidize, substantiate, subvention, subventionize, support, sustain, underbed, underbedding, underbrace, undergird, underlie, underpin, underset, upbear, uphold, upkeep, validate, verify, warrant
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Bolster The Hebrew word _kebir_, rendered "pillow" in 1 Sam. 19:13, 16, but in Revised Version marg. "quilt" or "network," probably means some counterpane or veil intended to protect the head of the sleeper. A different Hebrew word (meraashoth') is used for "bolster" (1 Sam. 26:7, 11, 16). It is rightly rendered in Revised Version "at his head." In Gen. 28:11, 18 the Authorized Version renders it "for his pillows," and the Revised Version "under his head." In Ezek. 13:18, 20 another Hebrew word (kesathoth) is used, properly denoting "cushions" or "pillows," as so rendered both in the Authorized and the Revised Version.