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BOLT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bolt mean? 

BOLT (noun)
  The noun BOLT has 7 senses:

1. a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder
2. a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech
3. the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key
4. the act of moving with great haste
5. a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length
6. a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
7. a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)

  Familiarity information: BOLT used as a noun is common.


BOLT (verb)
  The verb BOLT has 7 senses:

1. move or jump suddenly
2. secure or lock with a bolt
3. swallow hastily
4. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
5. leave suddenly and as if in a hurry
6. eat hastily without proper chewing
7. make or roll into bolts

  Familiarity information: BOLT used as a verb is common.


BOLT (adverb)
  The adverb BOLT has 2 senses:

1. in a rigid manner
2. directly

  Familiarity information: BOLT used as an adverb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BOLT (noun)


Sense 1bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

thunderbolt; bolt of lightning; bolt

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

lightning (abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light)


Sense 2bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

bar (a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon)

Holonyms ("bolt" is a part of...):

rifle (a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore)


Sense 3bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

deadbolt; bolt

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

bar (a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bolt"):

safety bolt; safety lock (a bolt that cannot be moved from outside the door or gate)

Holonyms ("bolt" is a part of...):

lock (a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed)


Sense 4bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of moving with great haste

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

bolt; dash

Context example:

he made a dash for the door

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

haste; hurry; rush; rushing (the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner)


Sense 5bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

roll (anything rolled up in cylindrical form)


Sense 6bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

screw (a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head)

Meronyms (parts of "bolt"):

clinch (the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet)

head (a projection out from one end)

shank (cylinder forming the part of a bolt between the thread and the head)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bolt"):

carriage bolt (a roundheaded bolt for timber; threaded along part of the shank; inserted into holes already drilled)

stove bolt (a small machine bolt)

machine bolt (a bolt with a square or hexagonal head on one end and a threaded shaft on the other end; tightened with a wrench; used to connect metal parts)

kingbolt; kingpin; swivel pin (bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle)

expansion bolt (a bolt that has an attachment that expands as the bolt is driven into a surface)

Holonyms ("bolt" is a part of...):

nut and bolt (a fastener made by screwing a nut onto a threaded bolt)


Sense 7bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden abandonment (as from a political party)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

abandonment; desertion; forsaking (the act of giving something up)

Domain category:

government; political science; politics (the study of government of states and other political units)


BOLT (verb)


Sense 1bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move or jump suddenly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

She bolted from her seat

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

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Secure or lock with a bolt

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

bolt the door

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

lock (fasten with a lock)

Sentence frames:

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

Antonym:

unbolt (undo the bolt of)


Sense 3bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Swallow hastily

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

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

get down; swallow (pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

abscond; absquatulate; go off; make off; run off; decamp; bolt

Context examples:

The thief made off with our silver / the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe

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

flee; fly; take flight (run away quickly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bolt"):

levant (run off without paying a debt)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Leave suddenly and as if in a hurry

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

beetle off; bolt out; run off; run out; bolt

Context examples:

The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas / When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out

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

go away; go forth; leave (go away from a place)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 6bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Eat hastily without proper chewing

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

gobble; bolt

Context example:

Don't bolt your food!

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

eat (take in solid food)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They bolt more bread


Sense 7bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make or roll into bolts

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

bolt fabric

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

furl; roll up (form into a cylinder by rolling)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


BOLT (adverb)


Sense 1bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a rigid manner

Synonyms:

rigidly; bolt; stiffly

Context examples:

the body was rigidly erect / he sat bolt upright


Sense 2bolt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Directly

Synonyms:

bang; slap; smack; bolt; slapdash

Context examples:

he ran bang into the pole / ran slap into her

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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