Definition of Bolt in English :

Define Bolt in English

Bolt meaning in English

Meaning of Bolt in English

Pronunciation of Bolt in English

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see synonyms of bolt


1. bolt, bolt of lightning, thunderbolt

a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

2. bolt

a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech

3. bolt, deadbolt

the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key

4. bolt, dash

the act of moving with great haste

Example Sentences:
'he made a dash for the door'

5. bolt

a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length

6. bolt

a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener

7. bolt

a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)


8. bolt

move or jump suddenly

Example Sentences:
'She bolted from her seat'

9. bolt

secure or lock with a bolt

Example Sentences:
'bolt the door'

10. bolt

swallow hastily

11. abscond, absquatulate, bolt, decamp, go off, make off, run off

run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

Example Sentences:
'The thief made off with our silver'
'the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe'

12. beetle off, bolt, bolt out, run off, run out

leave suddenly and as if in a hurry

Example Sentences:
'The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas'
'When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out'

13. bolt, gobble

eat hastily without proper chewing

Example Sentences:
'Don't bolt your food!'

14. bolt

make or roll into bolts

Example Sentences:
'bolt fabric'


15. bolt, rigidly, stiffly

in a rigid manner

Example Sentences:
'the body was rigidly erect'
'he sat bolt upright'

16. bang, bolt, slap, slapdash, smack


Example Sentences:
'he ran bang into the pole'
'ran slap into her'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of bolt
a bar that can be slid into a socket to lock a door, gate, etc
a bar or rod that forms part of a locking mechanism and is moved by a key or a knob
a metal rod or pin that has a head at one end and a screw thread at the other to take a nut
a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects the empty cartridge, replaces it with a new one, and closes the breech
a flash of lightning
a sudden start or movement, esp in order to escape
they made a bolt for the door
7. US
a sudden desertion, esp from a political party
a roll of something, such as cloth, wallpaper, etc
an arrow, esp for a crossbow
10. printing
a folded edge on a sheet of paper that is removed when cutting to size
11. mechanical engineering short for expansion bolt
12.  a bolt from the blue
13.  shoot one's bolt
14. (transitive)
to secure or lock with or as with a bolt or bolts
bolt your doors
15. (transitive)
to eat hurriedly
don't bolt your food
16. (intr; usually foll by from or out)
to move or jump suddenly
he bolted from the chair
17. (intransitive)
(esp of a horse) to start hurriedly and run away without warning
18. (transitive)
to roll or make (cloth, wallpaper, etc) into bolts
19. US
to desert (a political party, etc)
20. (intransitive)
(of cultivated plants) to produce flowers and seeds prematurely
21. (transitive)
to cause (a wild animal) to leave its lair; start
terriers were used for bolting rats
stiffly, firmly, or rigidly (archaic except in the phrase bolt upright)
verb (transitive)
to pass (flour, a powder, etc) through a sieve
to examine and separate
Robert (Oxton). 1924–95, British playwright. His plays include A Man for All Seasons (1960) and he also wrote a number of screenplays
Usain (juːˈseɪn) (St Leo). born 1986, Jamaican athlete: gold medallist in the 100 metres and 200 metres at the 2008 Olympic Games; successfully defended both titles in 2012 and 2016

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see synonyms of bolt
a short, heavy, often blunt arrow shot from a crossbow
a flash of lightning; thunderbolt
a sudden dash or movement
a sliding bar for locking a door, gate, etc.
a similar bar in a lock, moved by a key
a threaded metal rod or pin for joining parts, having a head and usually used with a nut
a roll (of cloth, paper, etc.) of a given length
a jet or column (of some liquid)
9.  US
a bolting or withdrawal from one's party or group
10.  Firearms
a sliding bar that pushes the cartridge into place, closes the breech, and extracts the empty cartridge case after firing
verb transitive
11.  Archaic
to shoot (an arrow, etc.)
to say suddenly or unexpectedly; blurt (out)
to swallow (food) hurriedly; gulp down
to hold together or fasten with or as with a bolt
to roll (cloth, etc.) into bolts
16.  US
to withdraw support from or abandon (a party, group, etc.)
verb intransitive
to dash out suddenly; spring; dart
to start suddenly and run away, as a horse
19.  US
to withdraw support from or abandon a party, group, etc.
20.  Horticulture
to produce seed prematurely
verb transitive
to sift (flour, grain, etc.) so as to separate and grade
2.  Archaic
to inspect and separate, as good from bad; examine closely

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see synonyms of bolt
1. A bar made of wood or metal that slides into a socket and is used to fasten doors and gates.
2. A metal bar or rod in the mechanism of a lock that is thrown or withdrawn by turning the key.
3. A fastener consisting of a threaded pin or rod with a head at one end, designed to be inserted through holes in assembled parts and secured by a mated nut that is tightened by applying torque.
a. A sliding metal bar that positions the cartridge in breechloading rifles, closes the breech, and ejects the spent cartridge.
b. A similar device in any breech mechanism.
5. A short, heavy arrow with a thick head, used especially with a crossbow.
6. A flash of lightning; a thunderbolt.
7. A sudden or unexpected event: The announcement was a veritable bolt.
8. A sudden movement toward or away.
9. A large roll of cloth of a definite length, especially as it comes from the loom.
v. bolt·ed, bolt·ing, bolts
1. To secure or lock with or as if with a bolt.
2. To arrange or roll (lengths of cloth, for example) on or in a bolt.
3. To eat (food) hurriedly and with little chewing; gulp.
4. To desert or withdraw support from (a political party).
5. To utter impulsively; blurt.
6. Archaic To shoot or discharge (a missile, such as an arrow).
1. To move or spring suddenly.
2. To start suddenly and run away: The horse bolted at the sound of the shot. The frightened child bolted from the room.
3. To break away from an affiliation, as from a political party.
4. Botany To flower or produce seeds prematurely or develop a flowering stem from a rosette.
tr.v. bolt·ed, bolt·ing, bolts
To pass (flour, for example) through a sieve.
Jamaican sprinter who is considered to be the fastest man in the world. He won two gold medals at the Olympics in 2008, setting world records in both the 100 and 200 meters. He won another three gold medals at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics for a total of eight Olympic gold medals in his career.

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