1. a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder;
[syn: thunderbolt, bolt, 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 the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key;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: bolt, deadbolt]
4. the act of moving with great haste;
- Example: "he made a dash for the door"
[syn: dash, bolt]
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);
1. move or jump suddenly;
- Example: "She bolted from her seat"
2. secure or lock with a bolt;
- Example: "bolt the door"
3. swallow hastily;
4. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along;
- Example: "The thief made off with our silver"
- Example: "the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"
[syn: abscond, bolt, absquatulate, decamp, run off, go off, make off]
5. leave suddenly and as if in a hurry;
- Example: "The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas"
- Example: "When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out"
[syn: run off, run out, bolt, bolt out, beetle off]
6. eat hastily without proper chewing;
- Example: "Don't bolt your food!"
[syn: gobble, bolt]
7. make or roll into bolts;
- Example: "bolt fabric"
1. in a rigid manner;
- Example: "the body was rigidly erect"
- Example: "he sat bolt upright"
[syn: rigidly, stiffly, bolt]
- Example: "he ran bang into the pole"
- Example: "ran slap into her"
[syn: bang, slap, slapdash, smack, bolt]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bolt \Bolt\, n. [AS. bolt; akin to Icel. bolti, Dan. bolt, D. bout, OHG. bolz, G. bolz, bolzen; of uncertain origin.] 1. A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or catapult, esp. a short, stout, blunt-headed arrow; a quarrel; an arrow, or that which resembles an arrow; a dart. [1913 Webster] Look that the crossbowmen lack not bolts. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] A fool's bolt is soon shot. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Lightning; a thunderbolt. [1913 Webster] 3. A strong pin, of iron or other material, used to fasten or hold something in place, often having a head at one end and screw thread cut upon the other end. [1913 Webster] 4. A sliding catch, or fastening, as for a door or gate; the portion of a lock which is shot or withdrawn by the action of the key. [1913 Webster] 5. An iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle; a fetter. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Away with him to prison! lay bolts enough upon him. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. A compact package or roll of cloth, as of canvas or silk, often containing about forty yards. [1913 Webster] 7. A bundle, as of oziers. [1913 Webster] Bolt auger, an auger of large size; an auger to make holes for the bolts used by shipwrights. Bolt and nut, a metallic pin with a head formed upon one end, and a movable piece (the nut) screwed upon a thread cut upon the other end. See B, C, and D, in illust. above. [1913 Webster] Note: See Tap bolt, Screw bolt, and Stud bolt. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bolt \Bolt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bolted; p. pr. & vb. n. Bolting.] 1. To shoot; to discharge or drive forth. [1913 Webster] 2. To utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out. [1913 Webster] I hate when Vice can bolt her arguments. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To swallow without chewing; as, to bolt food; often used with down. [1913 Webster] 4. (U. S. Politics) To refuse to support, as a nomination made by a party to which one has belonged or by a caucus in which one has taken part. [1913 Webster] 5. (Sporting) To cause to start or spring forth; to dislodge, as conies, rabbits, etc. [1913 Webster] 6. To fasten or secure with, or as with, a bolt or bolts, as a door, a timber, fetters; to shackle; to restrain. [1913 Webster] Let tenfold iron bolt my door. --Langhorn. [1913 Webster] Which shackles accidents and bolts up change. --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bolt \Bolt\, adv. In the manner of a bolt; suddenly; straight; unbendingly. [1913 Webster] [He] came bolt up against the heavy dragoon. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] Bolt upright. (a) Perfectly upright; perpendicular; straight up; unbendingly erect. --Addison. (b) On the back at full length. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bolt \Bolt\, n. [From Bolt, v. i.] 1. A sudden spring or start; a sudden spring aside; as, the horse made a bolt. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden flight, as to escape creditors. [1913 Webster] This gentleman was so hopelessly involved that he contemplated a bolt to America -- or anywhere. --Compton Reade. [1913 Webster] 3. (U. S. Politics) A refusal to support a nomination made by the party with which one has been connected; a breaking away from one's party. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bolt \Bolt\ (b[=o]lt; 110), v. i. 1. To start forth like a bolt or arrow; to spring abruptly; to come or go suddenly; to dart; as, to bolt out of the room. [1913 Webster] This Puck seems but a dreaming dolt, . . . And oft out of a bush doth bolt. --Drayton. [1913 Webster] 2. To strike or fall suddenly like a bolt. [1913 Webster] His cloudless thunder bolted on their heads. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To spring suddenly aside, or out of the regular path; as, the horse bolted. [1913 Webster] 4. (U.S. Politics) To refuse to support a nomination made by a party or a caucus with which one has been connected; to break away from a party. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bolt \Bolt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bolted; p. pr. & vb. n. Bolting.] [OE. bolten, boulten, OF. buleter, F. bluter, fr. Ll. buletare, buratare, cf. F. bure coarse woolen stuff; fr. L. burrus red. See Borrel, and cf. Bultel.] [1913 Webster] 1. To sift or separate the coarser from the finer particles of, as bran from flour, by means of a bolter; to separate, assort, refine, or purify by other means. [1913 Webster] He now had bolted all the flour. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Ill schooled in bolted language. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; -- with out. [1913 Webster] Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law. --Jacob. [1913 Webster] To bolt to the bran, to examine thoroughly, so as to separate or discover everything important. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] This bolts the matter fairly to the bran. --Harte. [1913 Webster] The report of the committee was examined and sifted and bolted to the bran. --Burke. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bolt \Bolt\, n. A sieve, esp. a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Bolt, WV Zip code(s): 25817Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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