how to pronounce bolster


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bolster is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of bolster in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… support and bolster the discourses that …”

meanings of bolster


  1. The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital.
  2. The metallic end of a pocketknife handle.
  3. A small spacer located on top of the axle of horse-drawn wagons that gives the front wheels enough clearance to turn.
  4. A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation.
  5. The part of a knife blade that abuts upon the end of the handle.
  6. The perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched.
  7. A large cushion or pillow.
  8. A pad, quilt, or anything used to hinder pressure, support part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress.
  9. A beam in the middle of a railway truck, supporting the body of the car.
  10. A short, horizontal structural timber between a post and a beam for enlarging the bearing area of the post and/or reducing the span of the beam.


  1. To brace, reinforce, secure, or support.


  1. A surname​.

bolster frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word bolster occurs in english on average 1.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics bolster can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that bolster can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) transport and travel;

words that rhyme with bolster


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