Meaning of 'bolster' (Webster Dictionary)
- A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of a
person lying on a bed; -- generally laid under the pillows.
- 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
- Anything arranged to act as a support, as in various forms
of mechanism, etc.
- A cushioned or a piece part of a saddle.
- 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.
- Anything used to prevent chafing.
- 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
- A transverse bar above the axle of a wagon, on which the
bed or body rests.
- The crossbeam forming the bearing piece of the body of a
railway car; the central and principal cross beam of a car truck.
- the perforated plate in a punching machine on which
anything rests when being punched.
- That part of a knife blade which abuts upon the end of the
- The metallic end of a pocketknife handle.
- The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital.
- A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which
the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation. - To support with a bolster or pillow.
- To support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or
unusual effort; -- often with up.