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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bolt:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb bolt:

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Definition of the noun bolt

What does bolt mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bolts

  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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: bar = a rigid piece of metal or wood
    • part of: rifle = a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore
  3. the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of bolt: deadbolt
    • more generic word: bar = a rigid piece of metal or wood
    • more specific terms: safety bolt / safety lock = a bolt that cannot be moved from outside the door or gate
    • part of: lock = a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
  4. the act of moving with great haste
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of bolt: dash
    • more generic words: haste / hurry / rush / rushing = the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
  5. a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: roll = anything rolled up in cylindrical form
  6. a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: screw = a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head
    • more specific terms:
      • carriage bolt = a roundheaded bolt for timber; threaded along part of the shank
      • expansion bolt = a bolt that has an attachment that expands as the bolt is driven into a surface
      • swivel pin / kingbolt / kingpin = bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle
      • 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
      • stove bolt = a small machine bolt
    • part of: nut and bolt = a fastener made by screwing a nut onto a threaded bolt
    • parts:
      • 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
  7. a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)

Alternative definition of the noun bolt


  1. A (usually) metal fastener consisting of a cylindrical body that is threaded, with a larger head on one end. It can be inserted into an unthreaded hole up to the head, with a nut then threaded on the other end; a heavy machine screw.
  2. A sliding pin or bar in a lock or latch mechanism.
  3. A bar of wood or metal dropped in horizontal hooks on a door and adjoining wall or between the two sides of a double door, to prevent the door(s) from being forced open.
  4. A sliding mechanism to chamber and unchamber a cartridge in a firearm.
  5. A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or a catapult, especially a short, stout arrow.
  6. A lightning spark, i.e., a lightning bolt.
  7. A sudden event, action or emotion.
  8. A large roll of fabric or similar material, as a bolt of cloth.
  9. [nautical] The standard linear measurement of canvas for use at sea: 39 yards.

Definition of the adverb bolt

What does bolt mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. in a rigid manner
  2. directly

Definition of the verb bolt

What does bolt mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bolted | bolting | bolts

  1. move or jump suddenly
    • example: She bolted from her seat
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. secure or lock with a bolt
  3. swallow hastily
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Cynthia ate the peach | Cynthia devoured the pizza | Cynthia drank the wine | Cynthia gobbled the pizza | Cynthia nibbled the carrot | Cynthia quaffed her mead | Cynthia sipped the drink | Cynthia swilled the beverage
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] downCynthia gobbled the pizza down
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] upCynthia gobbled the pizza up

      Verbs of Ingesting (with the same syntax): gobble, wolf.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic terms: get down / swallow = pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking
  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
    • examples: Don't bolt your food! | They bolt more bread
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of bolt: gobble
    • more generic word: eat = take in solid food
  7. make or roll into bolts
    • example: bolt fabric
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: furl / roll up = form into a cylinder by rolling


  1. "Bolt" tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner and keeping her protected from the green eyed man of the television show he works on completely absorbs his life. This takes him to the point of no return when he believes that she has been kidnapped, and he accidentally gets packaged and shipped to New York city in pursuit of his owner. This is when the story unfolds, and he goes through a transitional period where he learns that he is as super as every other dog. His disbelief of his abilities being non existent fuels a lot of different emotional changes, and eventually comes to a reality of who he really is. This all culminates when he finds his owner and reunites with her in the action packed climax of the movie.
  2. "Bolt" is a 1994 drama film starring Richard Grieco in the title role as a New Jersey biker. After fleeing west to escape a gang war, Bolt becomes romantically involved with Native American Patty Deerheart, and is compelled to battle to protect her family from a land runner. The appearance of former gang rival Billy Niles on the reservation causes the conflict to escalate into a violent climax. It was released on DVD as Rebel Run in 1999.
  3. "Bolt": Fasten your tool belts and break out the nuts, bolts and hammer-cocks, because Miss Chi Chi LaRue and her stable of beautifully sculpted and superlatively hung stallions are going to open a shiny toolbox worth of sordid sexual pleasures that would tempt Pandora herself - or at least her homo boyfriend.


  1. Bolt is a fictional character in Disney's 2008 computer animated comedy film Bolt.
  2. Bolt is a fictional character from the 2007 film Treasure Raiders.
  3. Bolt is a fictional character from the film series Fantaghirò.
  4. Bolt is a fictional character from the 2004 film I Proud to Be an Indian.
  5. Bolt is a fictional character from the 1991 film Soapdish.
  6. Bolt is a fictional character from the 2014 film Velaiyilla Pattathari.
  7. Bolt is a fictional character from the 2009 film Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.


"Bolt" is the soundtrack of the film of the same name.

  • also known as Bolt Soundtrack
  • artist: John Powell
  • genre: Film score
  • released on (6 years ago)


Who is Bolt?

Bolt a.k.a. Bolt Birch is an actor.

Phrases with Bolt

Phrases starting with the word Bolt:

  1. Bolt-on
  2. bolt out
  3. bolt down
  4. bolt rope
  5. bolt-hole
  6. Bolt-Rope
  7. Bolt action
  8. Bolt Bucket
  9. Bolt circle
  10. bolt cutter

Phrases ending with the word Bolt:

  1. U-Bolt
  2. Eye bolt
  3. lag bolt
  4. Lug Bolt
  5. Allen Bolt
  6. stove bolt
  7. safety bolt
  8. toggle bolt
  9. machine bolt
  10. nut and bolt

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bolt

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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Surfing (2005)

by Matt Warshaw

LIGHTNING BOLT SURFBOARDS was periodically set on fire. (Hollywood created its own Malibu surfer/lifeguard flashpoint in 1978's Big Wednesday, when guard Jack Barlow, speaking through a bullhorn, tells drunken friend Matt Johnson ...

Google previewFarrow's Military Encyclopedia (1895)

A Dictionary of Military Knowledge by Edward Samuel Farrow

The machines work rapidly, the bolt being cut to a full thread at one operation. The die-blocks are held rigidly by the inclosing sleeve when locked, and consequently cut bolts of more uniform diameter than is the case when the chasers or ...

Google previewArchitect's Illustrated Pocket Dictionary (2012)

by Nikolas Davies, Erkki Jokiniemi

bolster, 2 bolt 1 a flat-ended fastener with a ...

Google previewA Visual Dictionary of Architecture (2012)

by Francis D. K. Ching

bolt Athreaded metalpin orrod, usually having ahead at one end, designed to be inserted through holes in assembled parts and secured by amating nut. carriage bolt Abolt having arounded head, a flat bearing surface, and a square shoulder ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of British Writers, 1800 to the Present (2009)

by George Stade, Karen Karbiener

playwright, screenwriter Robert Bolt was born in Sale, near Manchester, England, to Ralph Bolt,

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

bolt There are two common uses of this word, one as a noun, the other as a verb. The noun normally refers to a means of locking a door by moving a cylindrical metal bar affixed to the door through a staple attached to the doorpost.

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Engineering (2014)

A Guide to the Language of Engineering by Ron Hanifan

B Bolt, Square Neck Boattail The conical section of a ballistic body that progressively decreases in diameter toward the tail to reduce overall aerodynamic drag. Bolt, Clevis An externally threaded fastener whose threaded and unthreaded ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Meat Sciences (2014)

The Physiology of Mechanical Stunning The main method for stunning cattle is the penetrative captive bolt. It is intended to produce immediate unconsciousness and insensibility that lasts until death occurs from exsanguination. Well-serviced ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forensic Sciences (2012)

Captive bolt pistol This term describes a device used for stunning animals prior to slaughter. Discharge of a blank Introduction A livestock stunner ('humane killer,' slaughterer's gun, livestock narcotic device, captive-bolt gun) is used in ...

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Quotes about Bolt

The bolt that is not fit with a nut
Is not to be construed as unfit
But to be viewed as one misfit.
The bolt must seek one fit to it
28.12.2004 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of B3O1L1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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