Dictionary: BOLD'LY – BOLT'ED

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BOLD'LY, adv.

In a bold manner; courageously; intrepidly; without timidity or fear; with confidence. Sometimes, perhaps, in a bad sense, for impudently.


  1. Courage; bravery; intrepidity; spirit; fearlessness. I can not, with Johnson, interpret this word by fortitude or magnanimity. Boldness does not, I think imply the firmness of mind which constitutes fortitude, nor the elevation and generosity of magnanimity.
  2. Prominence; the quality of exceeding the ordinary rules of scrupulous nicety and caution; applied to style, expression and metaphors in language; and to figures in painting, sculpture and architecture.
  3. Freedom from timidity; liberty. Great is my boldness of speech towards you. – 2 Cor. vii.
  4. Confidence; confident trust. We have boldness and access with confidence. – Eph. iii.
  5. Freedom from bashfulness; assurance; confident mien. – Bacon.
  6. Prominence; steepness; as, the boldness of the shore.
  7. Excess of freedom, bordering on impudence. – Hooker.


Having bold spirit or courage.

BOLE, n. [Sw. bol; Dan. bul.]

  1. The body or stem of a tree. [Not in use.] – Dryden.
  2. A measure of corn, containing six bushels. – Mortimer.

BOLE, n.

A kind of fine clay, often highly colored by iron. Its color is reddish yellow of various shades, often with a tinge of brown, sometimes passing to reddish, yellowish, or blackish brown, flesh red, or yellowish white. It is opake or a little translucid, especially at the edges, in the red and yellow varieties. It is compact and its fracture conchoidal. It is brittle, smooth, a little unctuous, and receives a polish from the finger nail. It adheres to the tongue, melts by degrees in the mouth, and impresses a slight sense of astringency. – Cleaveland. Armenian bole is of a bright red color with a tinge of yellow, harder than the other kinds, and of a rough dusty surface. Bole of Blois is yellow, lighter than the other kinds, and it effervesces with acids. Bohemian bole is of a yellow color with a cast of red, and of a flaky texture. French bole is of a pale red color, variegated with specks of white and yellow. Lemnian bole is of a pale red color. Silesian bole is of a pale yellow color. – Encyc.


Boletic acid is the acid of Boletus, a genus of Mushrooms.

BO-LE'TUS, n. [L.]

A genus of Mushroom; containing many species.

BO'LIS, n. [L. from Gr. βολις, a dart; βαλλω, to throw.]

A fire-ball darting through the air, followed by a train of light or sparks.

BOLL, n. [W. bul, a seed-vessel; Sax. bolla, a bowl.]

The pod or capsule of a plant, as of flax; a pericarp. Bole, a measure of six bushels, is sometimes written in this manner.

BOLL, v.i.

To form into a pericarp or seed-vessel. The barley was in the ear and the flax was bolled. – Ex. ix. Heb. גבעל, Gr. σπερματιζον, as translated by the Seventy. Bollard-timbers, in a ship, or knight-heads, are two timbers, rising just within the stem, one on each side of the bowsprit, to secure its end. – Mar. Dict. In docks, bollards are large posts set in the ground on each side, to which are lashed large blocks, through which are reeved the transporting hawsers for docking and undocking ships. – Encyc.

BOLL'INGS, n. [plur.]

Pollard trees whose tops and branches are cut off. – Ray.


A large sausage made of bacon, veal, pork-suet, chopped fine, and inclosed in a skin.

BO-LOGN'I-AN-STONE, [bolo'nian stone.]

Radiated sulphate of barytes, found in roundish masses, composed of radiating fibers, first discovered near Bologna. It is phosphorescent when calcined.

BOL'STER, n. [Sax. bolster; Sw. bolster; Ger. polster; Dan. bolster-dyne, a feather bed; Pers. بَالِشتْ balisht. In Dutch, bolster is a husk, cod, or shell.]

  1. A long pillow or cushion, used to support the head of persons lying on a bed; generally laid under the pillows.
  2. A pad, or quilt, used to hinder pressure, support any part is of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress.
  3. In saddlery, a part of a saddle raised upon the bows or hinder part, to hold the rider's thigh. – Farrier's Dict.
  4. In ships, a cushion or bag, filled with tarred canvas, used to preserve the stays from being worn or chafed by the masts. – Mar. Dict.

BOL'STER, v.t.

  1. To support with a bolster, pillow, or any soft pad or quilt.
  2. To support; to hold up; to maintain. – Hooker. South.
  3. To afford a bed to. [Unusual.] – Shak.


Swelled out; supported.


A supporter.


A prop or support. – Taylor.

BOLT, n. [Dan. bolt; Russ. bolt; D. bout; G. bolzen; Sax. bolta, catapulta, that which is driven, from the roof of Gr. βαλλω, L. pello.]

  1. An arrow; a dart; a pointed shaft. – Dryden.
  2. A strong cylindrical pin, of iron or other metal, used to fasten a door, a plank, a chain, &c. In ships, bolts are used in the sides and decks, and have different names, as rag-bolts, eye-bolts, ring-bolts, chain-bolts, &c. In gunnery, there are prise-bolts, transom-bolts, traverse-bolts, and bracket-bolts.
  3. A thunder-bolt; a stream of lightning, so named from its darting like a bolt.
  4. The quantity of twenty-eight ells of canvas. – Encyc.

BOLT, v.i.

To shoot forth suddenly; to spring out with speed and suddenness; to start forth like a bolt; commonly followed by out; as, to bolt out of the house, or out of a den. – Dryden.

BOLT, v.t.

  1. To fasten or secure with a bolt or iron pin, whether a door, a plank, fetters, or any thing else.
  2. To fasten; to shackle; to restrain. – Shak.
  3. To blurt out; to utter or throw out precipitately. I hate when vice can bolt her arguments. – Milton. In this sense it is often followed by out.

BOLT, v.t. [Russ. boltayu, to shake, agitate, babble; Norm. bulter, a bolting sieve.]

  1. To sift or separate bran from flour, by passing the fine part of meal through a cloth.
  2. Among sportsmen, to start or dislodge, used of coneys.
  3. To examine by sifting; to open or separate the parts of a subject, to find the truth; generally followed by out. “Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things.” [Inelegant.] – L'Estrange.
  4. To purify; to purge. [Unusual.] – Shak.
  5. To discuss or argue; as at Gray's Inn, where cases are privately discussed by students and barristers. – Encyc.

BOLT'AU-GER, n. [bolt and auger.]

A large borer used in ship-building. – Ash.

BOLT-BOAT, n. [bolt and boat.]

A strong boat that will endure a rough sea. – Ash.

BOLT'ED, pp.

Made fast with a bolt; shot forth; sifted; examined.