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definition of the word bolt

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a fastening bolt
a door bolt
bolts of fabric

From Proto-Germanic *bultas, perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bheld- (to knock, strike).



bolt (plural bolts)

  1. A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a cylindrical body that is threaded, with a larger head on one end. It can be inserted into an unthreaded hole up to the head, with a nut then threaded on the other end. Cf. screw.
  2. A sliding pin or bar in a lock or latch mechanism.
  3. A bar of wood or metal dropped in horizontal hooks on a door and adjoining wall or between the two sides of a double door, to prevent the door(s) from being forced open.
  4. A sliding mechanism to chamber and unchamber a cartridge in a firearm.
  5. A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or a catapult, especially a short, stout arrow.
  6. A lightning spark, i.e., a lightning bolt.
  7. A sudden event.
    The problem's solution struck him like a bolt from the blue.
  8. A large roll of fabric or similar material, as a bolt of cloth.
  9. (nautical) The standard linear measurement of canvas for use at sea: 39 yards.

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