Dictionary: BOLT'ER – BOM-BAR'DO

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  1. An instrument or machine for separating bran from flour or the coarser part of meal from the finer.
  2. A kind of net. – Johnson.

BOLT'-HEAD, n. [bolt and head.]

A long straight-necked glass vessel for chimical distillations, called also a matrass or receiver. – Johnson.


The act of fastening with a bolt or bolts; a sifting; discussion.

BOLT'ING, ppr.

Fastening with a bolt, or bolts; blurting out; shooting forth suddenly; separating bran from flour; sifting; examining; discussing; dislodging.

BOLT'ING-CLOTH, n. [bolt and cloth.]

A linen or hair cloth of which bolters are made for sifting meal. – Encyc.

BOLT'ING-HOUSE, n. [bolt and house.]

The house or place where meal is bolted. – Johnson.


A tub for bolted flour.

BOLT'ING-MILL, n. [bolt and mill.]

A machine or engine for sifting meal. – Encyc.


A tub to sift meal in.


A mineral of a granular composition, found in Bolton, Massachusetts.

BOLT'-ROPE, n. [bolt and rope.]

A rope to which the edges of sails are sewed to strengthen them. That part of it on the perpendicular side is called the leech-rope; that at the bottom, the foot-rope; that at the top, the head-rope. – Mar. Dict.

BOLT'-SPRIT, n. [From the universal popular pronunciation of this word, this may have been the original word; but I doubt it.]

See Bowsprit.

BOLT-UP'-RIGHT, a. [or adv.]

Perfectly upright. – Good.

BO'LUS, n. [L. bolus; Gr. βωλος, a mass.]

A soft mass of any thing medicinal to be swallowed at once, like a pill. It may be of any ingredients, made a little thicker than honey. – Encyc.

BOM, n.

A large serpent found in America, of a harmless nature, and remarkable for uttering a sound like bom. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

BOMB, n. [L. bombus; Gr. βομβος.]

  1. A great noise. – Bacon.
  2. A large shell of cast iron, round and hollow, with a vent to receive a fusee, which is made of wood. This being filled with gunpowder and the fusee driven into the vent, the fusee is set on fire and the bomb is thrown from a mortar, in such a direction as to fall into a fort, city, or enemy's camp, when it bursts with great violence and often with terrible effect. The inventor of bombs is not known; they came into common use about the year 1634. – Encyc.
  3. The stroke upon a bell.

BOMB, v.i.

To sound. – B. Jonson.

BOMB, v.t.

To attack with bombs; to bombard. [Not used.] – Prior.

BOM'BARD, n. [bomb and ard, kind. Fr. bombarde; Sp. and It. bombarda.]

  1. A piece of short thick ordnance with a large mouth, formerly used, some of them carrying a ball of three hundred pounds weight. It is called also basilisk, and by the Dutch, donderbuss, thunder-gun. But the thing and the name are no longer in use. – Encyc.
  2. An attack with bombs; bombardment. – Barlow.
  3. A barrel; a drinking vessel. [Obs.] – Johnson. Ash.

BOM-BARD', v.t.

To attack with bombs thrown from mortars.


Attacked with bombs.


  1. One whose business is to attend the loading and firing of mortars.
  2. Carabus, a genus of insects of the Beetle kind. – Encyc.


Attacking with shells or bombs.


An attack with bombs; the act of throwing bombs into a town, fort, or ship. – Addison.


A musical instrument of the wind kind, much like the bassoon, and used as a base to the hautboy. – Encyc.