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Meaning & Definition of Bolt in English

English

Bolt

/boʊlt/

noun

1. A discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

    synonym:
  • thunderbolt
  • ,
  • bolt
  • ,
  • bolt of lightning

2. A sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech

    synonym:
  • bolt

3. The part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key

    synonym:
  • bolt
  • ,
  • deadbolt

4. The act of moving with great haste

  • "He made a dash for the door"
    synonym:
  • dash
  • ,
  • bolt

5. A roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length

    synonym:
  • bolt

6. A screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener

    synonym:
  • bolt

7. A sudden abandonment (as from a political party)

    synonym:
  • bolt

verb

1. Move or jump suddenly

  • "She bolted from her seat"
    synonym:
  • bolt

2. Secure or lock with a bolt

  • "Bolt the door"
    synonym:
  • bolt

3. Swallow hastily

    synonym:
  • bolt

4. Run away

  • Usually includes taking something or somebody along
  • "The thief made off with our silver"
  • "The accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"
    synonym:
  • abscond
  • ,
  • bolt
  • ,
  • absquatulate
  • ,
  • decamp
  • ,
  • run off
  • ,
  • go off
  • ,
  • make off

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • run off
  • ,
  • run out
  • ,
  • bolt
  • ,
  • bolt out
  • ,
  • beetle off

6. Eat hastily without proper chewing

  • "Don't bolt your food!"
    synonym:
  • gobble
  • ,
  • bolt

7. Make or roll into bolts

  • "Bolt fabric"
    synonym:
  • bolt

adverb

1. In a rigid manner

  • "The body was rigidly erect"
  • "He sat bolt upright"
    synonym:
  • rigidly
  • ,
  • stiffly
  • ,
  • bolt

2. Directly

  • "He ran bang into the pole"
  • "Ran slap into her"
    synonym:
  • bang
  • ,
  • slap
  • ,
  • slapdash
  • ,
  • smack
  • ,
  • bolt