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A bolster on a bed.

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bolstre, from Old English bolster (pillow), from Proto-Germanic *bulstraz, *bulstrą (pillow, cushion), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰelǵʰ- (bag, pillow, paunch), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (to swell, blow, inflate, burst). Cognate with Scots bowster (bolster), West Frisian bulster (mattress), Dutch bolster (husk, shell), German Polster (bolster, pillow, pad), Swedish bolster (soft mattress, bolster), Icelandic bólstur (pillow).

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Bolster or pillow (structural) (geograph.org.uk - 325191)

bolster (plural bolsters)

  1. A large cushion or pillow.
  2. A pad, quilt, or anything used to hinder pressure, support part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress.
    • John Gay
      This arm shall be a bolster for thy head.
  3. (vehicles, agriculture) A small spacer located on top of the axle of horse-drawn wagons that gives the front wheels enough clearance to turn.
  4. A short, horizontal, structural timber between a post and a beam for enlarging the bearing area of the post and/or reducing the span of the beam. Sometimes also called a pillow or cross-head (Australian English).
  5. The perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched.
  6. The part of a knife blade that abuts upon the end of the handle.
  7. The metallic end of a pocketknife handle.
  8. (architecture) The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of G. Francis to this entry?)
  9. (military, historical) A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation.

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bolster (third-person singular simple present bolsters, present participle bolstering, simple past and past participle bolstered)

  1. To brace, reinforce, secure, or support.
    • 2017 January 20, Annie Zaleski, “AFI sounds refreshed and rejuvenated on its 10th album, AFI (The Blood Album)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Puget also teamed up with Matt Hyde (Deftones, Slayer) to co-produce the record, which was another smart move: Together, the pair ensures that AFI (The Blood Album)‘s arrangements are streamlined, but bolstered by just the right amount of atmospheric texture.

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *bulstraz.

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bolster m (plural bolsters, diminutive bolstertje n)

  1. a bur, a spiny cupule, often of a chestnut

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Old EnglishEdit

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From Proto-Germanic *bulstraz.

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bolster m

  1. pillow
    Tō slāpenne iċ þearf simle hūru twēġa bolstra.
    I always need at least two pillows to sleep.

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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Swedish bulster, bolster, from Old Norse bólstr, bulstr, from Proto-Germanic *bulstraz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰelǵʰ- (bag, pillow, paunch). Compare Icelandic bólstur, Dutch bolster, German Polster and English bolster.

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bolster n

  1. a bolster, a large cushion or pillow

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Declension of bolster 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative bolster bolstret bolster bolstren
Genitive bolsters bolstrets bolsters bolstrens