Definitions for: Bolt

[n] a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)
[n] the act of moving with great haste; "he made a dash for the door"
[n] a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
[n] the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key
[n] a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech
[n] a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length
[n] a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder
[adv] in a rigid manner; "the body was rigidly erect"; "ge sat bolt upright"
[adv] (informal) directly; "he ran bang into the pole"; "ran slap into her"
[v] make or roll into bolts; "bolt fabric"
[v] eat hastily without proper chewing; "Don't bolt your food!"
[v] swallow hastily
[v] secure or lock with a bolt; "bolt the door"
[v] move or jump suddenly; "She bolted from her seat"
[v] leave suddenly and as if in a hurry; "The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas"; "When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out"
[v] run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

Webster (1913) Definition: Bolt, n. [AS. bolt; akin to Icel. bolti, Dan. bolt, D.
bout, OHG. bolz, G. bolz, bolzen; of uncertain origin.]
1. A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or
catapult, esp. a short, stout, blunt-headed arrow; a
quarrel; an arrow, or that which resembles an arrow; a

Look that the crossbowmen lack not bolts. --Sir W.

A fool's bolt is soon shot. --Shak.

2. Lightning; a thunderbolt.

3. A strong pin, of iron or other material, used to fasten or
hold something in place, often having a head at one end
and screw thread cut upon the other end.

4. A sliding catch, or fastening, as for a door or gate; the
portion of a lock which is shot or withdrawn by the action
of the key.

5. An iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle; a
fetter. [Obs.]

Away with him to prison! lay bolts enough upon him.

6. A compact package or roll of cloth, as of canvas or silk,
often containing about forty yards.

7. A bundle, as of oziers.

Bolt auger, an auger of large size; an auger to make holes
for the bolts used by shipwrights.

Bolt and nut, a metallic pin with a head formed upon one
end, and a movable piece (the nut) screwed upon a thread
cut upon the other end. See B, C, and D, in illust. above.

Note: See Tap bolt, Screw bolt, and Stud bolt.

Bolt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bolted; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To shoot; to discharge or drive forth.

2. To utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out.

I hate when Vice can bolt her arguments. --Milton.

3. To swallow without chewing; as, to bolt food.

4. (U. S. Politics) To refuse to support, as a nomination
made by a party to which one has belonged or by a caucus
in which one has taken part.

5. (Sporting) To cause to start or spring forth; to dislodge,
as conies, rabbits, etc.

6. To fasten or secure with, or as with, a bolt or bolts, as
a door, a timber, fetters; to shackle; to restrain.

Let tenfold iron bolt my door. --Langhorn.

Which shackles accidents and bolts up change.

Bolt (b[=o]lt; 110), v. i.
1. To start forth like a bolt or arrow; to spring abruptly;
to come or go suddenly; to dart; as, to bolt out of the

This Puck seems but a dreaming dolt, . . . And oft
out of a bush doth bolt. --Drayton.

2. To strike or fall suddenly like a bolt.

His cloudless thunder bolted on their heads.

3. To spring suddenly aside, or out of the regular path; as,
the horse bolted.

4. (U.S. Politics) To refuse to support a nomination made by
a party or a caucus with which one has been connected; to
break away from a party.

Bolt, adv.
In the manner of a bolt; suddenly; straight; unbendingly.

[He] came bolt up against the heavy dragoon.

Bolt upright.
(a) Perfectly upright; perpendicular; straight up;
unbendingly erect. --Addison.
(b) On the back at full length. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Bolt, n. [From Bolt, v. i.]
1. A sudden spring or start; a sudden spring aside; as, the
horse made a bolt.

2. A sudden flight, as to escape creditors.

This gentleman was so hopelessly involved that he
contemplated a bolt to America -- or anywhere.

3. (U. S. Politics) A refusal to support a nomination made by
the party with which one has been connected; a breaking
away from one's party.

Bolt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bolted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Bolting.] [OE. bolten, boulten, OF. buleter, F. bluter, fr.
Ll. buletare, buratare, cf. F. bure coarse woolen stuff; fr.
L. burrus red. See Borrel, and cf. Bultel.]
1. To sift or separate the coarser from the finer particles
of, as bran from flour, by means of a bolter; to separate,
assort, refine, or purify by other means.

He now had bolted all the flour. --Spenser.

Ill schooled in bolted language. --Shak.

2. To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; -- with out.

Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things.

3. (Law) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as
cases at law. --Jacob.

To bolt to the bran, to examine thoroughly, so as to
separate or discover everything important. --Chaucer.

This bolts the matter fairly to the bran. --Harte.

The report of the committee was examined and sifted
and bolted to the bran. --Burke.

Bolt, n.
A sieve, esp. a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting
flour and meal; a bolter. --B. Jonson.

Synonyms: abscond, absquatulate, bang, beetle off, bolt of lightning, bolt out, dash, deadbolt, decamp, go off, gobble, rigidly, run off, run out, slap, slapdash, smack, stiffly, thunderbolt

Antonyms: unbolt

See Also: abandonment, bar, bolt down, carriage bolt, desertion, eat, expansion bolt, flee, fly, forsaking, furl, get down, go away, go forth, gobble up, haste, head, hurry, kingbolt, kingpin, leave, levant, lightning, lock, lock, machine bolt, move, nut and bolt, rifle, roll, roll up, rush, rushing, safety bolt, safety lock, screw, shank, shovel in, stove bolt, swallow, swivel pin, take flight

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