Bolt - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |boʊlt|  American pronunciation of the word bolt
Brit.  |bəʊlt|  British pronunciation of the word bolt


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- the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key (syn: deadbolt)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


- move or jump suddenly
- secure or lock with a bolt
- swallow hastily
- run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along (syn: abscond, absquatulate, decamp)
- leave suddenly and as if in a hurry
- eat hastily without proper chewing(syn: gobble)
- make or roll into bolts


- in a rigid manner(syn: rigidly, stiffly)
- directly (syn: bang, slap, slapdash, smack)


She sat bolt upright, staring straight ahead.

The door bolts from inside.

The lid of the box was bolted down.

In therefore he bolted and turned the key.

Out bolts her husband upon me with a large crab in his hand.

When I opened the door, the cat bolted out.

Don't bolt your food down like that, it's rude.

To bolt the bran from the pure flour.

The horse reared up and bolted.

Kevin had bolted through the open window.

He bolted down his breakfast.

The cell contained an iron bedframe bolted to the floor.

The boxes were made of heavy panels of metal bolted together.

Those leaves which present a double or quadruple fold, technically termed "the bolt".

She bolted from her seat

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bolt
he/she/it: bolts
present participle: bolting
past tense: bolted
past participle: bolted
singular: bolt
plural: bolts
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