Adjective "bolstering" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A long, thick pillow that is placed under other pillows for support.
  1. 'If you can't reach the floor, use a pillow or bolster to prop up your feet.'
  2. 'Pillows or bolsters might be used to position you during the massage.'
  3. 'Sit with your knees together and your buttocks on your heels (or resting on a bolster if you suffer from knee pain).'
  4. 'I was dying to be with my pals and witness the crawling procession, but I had been made to hold a bottle of rose water, which I must sprinkle on the guests as they sat down on carpets, leaning against bolsters.'
  5. 'Sessions were kept short or broken for comfort breaks so that she could be re-positioned with supporting pillows and bolsters.'
  6. 'Yoga merchandising too is a hit - mats, videos, blocks, towels, music, rugs, bolsters, scented oils and even getaways are on sale.'
  7. 'Both are sandwiched into a small swing between fat pink silk bolsters so there isn't much room for coyness.'
  8. 'Aside from formula, Nadiyah's parents have taken all her favorite items with them, including a pillow and a bolster, to help make the pilgrimage a rewarding experience for her.'
  9. 'Place a firm bolster against the wall.'
  10. 'They normally sat cross-legged on the floor, preferably on a carpet with bolsters or pillows.'
A part on a vehicle or tool providing structural support or reducing friction.
  1. 'The handle scales are made of nicely figured redwood and the bolsters are made of stainless steel.'
  2. 'The scales - offered in a variety of synthetic and natural materials - are dovetailed into the bolsters, protecting them from the forces of stress or shear.'
  3. 'Another safety enhancement is the tiny sliding safety switch at the top of the bolster.'
  4. 'The bolsters, handle. pivot pin and release mechanism all presented unique technical challenges.'
  5. 'Pullman made a slight change to the crosspiece in the handle and added integral wings on the shank under the bolster.'
  6. 'The folding arm rest fits in the inside bolster that is bigger than the outside bolster.'


Support or strengthen.
  1. 'It is so easy to go out and play when you are relaxed and when you have a manager who bolsters your confidence like that.'
  2. 'The object is a personal digital assistant capable of supporting field commanders and bolstering their memories.'
  3. 'For a nation that prides itself on giving generous donations to bolster up a welfare service that ought to be the primary care of government, this kind of treatment is deplorable.'
  4. 'I hoped even the smallest success would bolster my confidence.'
  5. 'This in turn provides social stability to bolster food production and distribution.'
  6. 'The potion did much to bolster her strength, but her lungs were soon burning, and her heart felt as though it would burst.'
  7. 'Any and every incident was seized upon to bolster police powers and strengthen the state apparatus.'
  8. 'Retailers rely heavily upon the period to bolster their annual sales and profits.'
  9. 'Therefore, it was imperative Dutch traders find new and lucrative markets to bolster their economy and provide the funds needed to continue the war against Spain.'
  10. 'To bolster their market strength today, producers must have the ability to do more than negotiate with the local canner or grocery store.'
Provide (a seat) with padded support.
  1. 'The seats are well bolstered and leather trim is also available.'


A heavy chisel used for cutting bricks.
  1. 'If you must cut a brick to an exact line, use the bolster.'
  2. 'Using the bolster, make a groove about 1 mm deep around the brick.'

More definitions

1. a long, often cylindrical, cushion or pillow for a bed, sofa, etc.

2. anything resembling this in form or in use as a support.

3. any pillow, cushion, or pad.

4. Nautical. Also called bolster plate. a circular casting on the side of a vessel, through which an anchor chain passes. a timber used as a temporary support. a beam for holding lines or rigging without chafing. a bag filled with buoyant material, fitted into a small boat.

5. Metalworking. an anvillike support for the lower

More examples(as adjective)

"ties can be bolstering."

"spendings can be bolstering."

"finances can be bolstering."

"enterprises can be bolstering."

"demands can be bolstering."

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(bolster)Early 20th century: of unknown origin.