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BOLSTER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bolster mean? 

BOLSTER (noun)
  The noun BOLSTER has 1 sense:

1. a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows

  Familiarity information: BOLSTER used as a noun is very rare.


BOLSTER (verb)
  The verb BOLSTER has 3 senses:

1. support and strengthen
2. prop up with a pillow or bolster
3. add padding to

  Familiarity information: BOLSTER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BOLSTER (noun)


Sense 1bolster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bolster; long pillow

Hypernyms ("bolster" is a kind of...):

pillow (a cushion to support the head of a sleeping person)


BOLSTER (verb)


Sense 1bolster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Support and strengthen

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

bolster; bolster up

Context example:

bolster morale

Hypernyms (to "bolster" is one way to...):

reenforce; reinforce (make stronger)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2bolster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prop up with a pillow or bolster

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "bolster" is one way to...):

prop; prop up; shore; shore up (support by placing against something solid or rigid)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3bolster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Add padding to

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

bolster; pad

Context example:

pad the seat of the chair

Hypernyms (to "bolster" is one way to...):

fill; fill up; make full (make full, also in a metaphorical sense)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s something with something


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