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bolt

Definitions

  • A Stave Bolt Truck
    A Stave Bolt Truck
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv bolt in a rigid manner "the body was rigidly erect","he sat bolt upright"
    • adv bolt directly "he ran bang into the pole","ran slap into her"
    • v bolt make or roll into bolts "bolt fabric"
    • v bolt eat hastily without proper chewing "Don't bolt your food!"
    • v bolt swallow hastily
    • v bolt secure or lock with a bolt "bolt the door"
    • v bolt move or jump suddenly "She bolted from her seat"
    • v bolt leave suddenly and as if in a hurry "The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas","When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out"
    • v bolt run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along "The thief made off with our silver","the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"
    • n bolt a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)
    • n bolt the act of moving with great haste "he made a dash for the door"
    • n bolt a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
    • n bolt the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key
    • n bolt a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech
    • n bolt a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length
    • n bolt a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Regular Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks A Regular Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks
A Special Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks A Special Transfer Car for handling Stave Bolt Trucks

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The temperature of lightning bolts is sometimes hotter than the surface of the sun.
    • Bolt A bundle, as of oziers.
    • Bolt A compact package or roll of cloth, as of canvas or silk, often containing about forty yards.
    • Bolt (U. S. Politics) A refusal to support a nomination made by the party with which one has been connected; a breaking away from one's party.
    • Bolt A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or catapult, esp. a short, stout, blunt-headed arrow; a quarrel; an arrow, or that which resembles an arrow; a dart. "Look that the crossbowmen lack not bolts .""A fool's bolt is soon shot."
    • n Bolt A sieve, esp. a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter.
    • Bolt A sliding catch, or fastening, as for a door or gate; the portion of a lock which is shot or withdrawn by the action of the key.
    • Bolt A strong pin, of iron or other material, used to fasten or hold something in place, often having a head at one end and screw thread cut upon the other end.
    • Bolt A sudden flight, as to escape creditors. "This gentleman was so hopelessly involved that he contemplated a bolt to America -- or anywhere."
    • Bolt A sudden spring or start; a sudden spring aside; as, the horse made a bolt .
    • Bolt An iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle; a fetter. "Away with him to prison!
      lay bolts enough upon him."
    • adv Bolt In the manner of a bolt; suddenly; straight; unbendingly. "He] came bolt up against the heavy dragoon."
    • Bolt Lightning; a thunderbolt.
    • Bolt (Sporting) To cause to start or spring forth; to dislodge, as conies, rabbits, etc.
    • Bolt (Law) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law. "This bolts the matter fairly to the bran .""The report of the committee was examined and sifted and bolted to the bran ."
    • Bolt To fasten or secure with, or as with, a bolt or bolts, as a door, a timber, fetters; to shackle; to restrain. "Let tenfold iron bolt my door.""Which shackles accidents and bolts up change."
    • Bolt (U.S. Politics) To refuse to support a nomination made by a party or a caucus with which one has been connected; to break away from a party.
    • Bolt (U. S. Politics) To refuse to support, as a nomination made by a party to which one has belonged or by a caucus in which one has taken part.
    • Bolt To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; -- with out. "Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things."
    • Bolt To shoot; to discharge or drive forth.
    • Bolt To sift or separate the coarser from the finer particles of, as bran from flour, by means of a bolter; to separate, assort, refine, or purify by other means. "He now had bolted all the flour.""Ill schooled in bolted language."
    • Bolt To spring suddenly aside, or out of the regular path; as, the horse bolted .
    • Bolt To start forth like a bolt or arrow; to spring abruptly; to come or go suddenly; to dart; as, to bolt out of the room. "This Puck seems but a dreaming dolt, . . . And oft out of a bush doth bolt ."
    • Bolt To strike or fall suddenly like a bolt. "His cloudless thunder bolted on their heads."
    • Bolt To swallow without chewing; as, to bolt food; often used with down.
    • Bolt To utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out. "I hate when Vice can bolt her arguments."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In November 1999, two women were killed by a lightning bolt. The underwire located in their bras acted as a electrical conductors, and when the lightning bolt hit the bra they left burn marks on their chest
    • n bolt An arrow; especially, in archery, the arrow of a crossbow, which was short and thick as compared with a shaft.
    • n bolt A thunderbolt; a stream of lightning: so named from its apparently darting like a bolt.
    • n bolt An elongated bullet for a rifled cannon.
    • n bolt A cylindrical jet, as of water or molten glass.
    • n bolt A metallic pin or rod, used to hold objects together. It generally has screwthreads cut at one end, and sometimes at both, to receive a nut.
    • n bolt A movable bar for fastening a door, gate, window-sash, or the like; specifically, that portion of a lock which is protruded from or drawn back within the case by the action of the key, and makes a fastening by being shot into a socket or keeper.
    • n bolt An iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle.
    • n bolt In firearms: In a needle-gun, the sliding piece that thrusts the cartridge forward into the chamber and carries the firing-pin. It has a motion of rotation about its longer axis for the purpose of locking the breech-mechanism before firing.
    • n bolt In a snap-gun, the part that holds the barrel to the breech-mechanism.
    • n bolt A roll or definite length of silk, canvas, tape, or other textile fabric, and also of wall-paper, as it comes from the maker ready for sale or use.
    • n bolt A bundle. Of straw, a quantity loosely tied up. Also bolting or bolton.
    • n bolt Of osier rods, a quantity bound up for market, 3½ feet around the lower band.
    • n bolt Of reeds, one of 3 feet in circumference.
    • n bolt The closed ends of leaves of an uncut book which present a double or quadruple fold.
    • n bolt The comb of a bobbinnet machine on which the carriages move.
    • n bolt In wood-working: A mass of wood from which anything may be cut or formed.
    • n bolt Boards held together, after being sawed from the log, by an uncut end or stub-shot.
    • n bolt A name for certain plants, as the globe-flower and marsh-marigold.
    • n bolt The act of running off suddenly; a sudden spring or start: as, the horse made a bolt.
    • n bolt In politics, the act of withdrawing from a nominating convention as a manifestation of disapproval of its acts; hence, refusal to support a candidate or the ticket presented by or in the name of the party to which one has hitherto been attached; a partial or temporary desertion of one's party.
    • n bolt The act of bolting food.
    • bolt To go off like a bolt or arrow; shoot forth suddenly; spring out with speed and suddenness: commonly followed by out: as, to bolt out of the house.
    • bolt To spring aside or away suddenly; start and run off; make a bolt.
    • bolt In politics, to withdraw from a nominating convention as a means of showing disapproval of its acts; hence, to cease to act in full accord with one's party; refuse to support a measure or candidate adopted by a majority of one's colleagues or party associates.
    • bolt To fall suddenly, like a thunderbolt.
    • bolt To run to seed prematurely, as early-sown root-crops (turnips, etc.), without the usual thickening of the root, or after it.
    • bolt To send off like a bolt or arrow; shoot; discharge.
    • bolt To start or spring (game); cause to bolt up or out, as hares, rabbits, and the like.
    • bolt To expel; drive out suddenly.
    • bolt To blurt out; ejaculate or utter hastily.
    • bolt To swallow hurriedly or without chewing: as, to bolt one's food.
    • bolt [After I., 3.] In politics, to break away from and refuse to support (the candidate, the ticket, or the platform presented by or in the name of the party to which one has hitherto adhered); leave or abandon: as, to bolt the presidential candidate.
    • bolt To fasten or secure with a bolt or an iron pin, as a door, a plank, fetters, or anything else.
    • bolt To fasten as with bolts; shackle; restrain.
    • bolt Like a bolt or arrow: as, “rising bolt from his seat,”
    • bolt Suddenly; with sudden meeting or collision.
    • bolt To sift or pass through a sieve or bolter so as to separate the coarser from the finer particles, as bran from flour; sift out: as, to bolt meal; to bolt out the bran.
    • bolt To examine or search into, as if by sifting; sift; examine thoroughly: sometimes with out, and often in an old proverbial expression, to bolt to the bran.
    • bolt To moot, or bring forward for discussion, as in a moot-court. See bolting, 2.
    • n bolt A sieve; a machine for sifting flour.
    • n bolt In the English inns of court, a hypothetical point or case discussed for the sake of practice.
    • bolt In archery, to loose too soon after drawing the bow. See hold.
    • bolt In golf, to putt with so much force that the ball will go some distance past the hole if it fails to go into it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lightning bolts can sometimes be hotter than the sun. (about 50 000º F)
    • n Bolt bōlt a bar or pin used to fasten a door, &c.: an arrow: a thunderbolt, as in 'a bolt from the blue.'—v.t. to fasten with a bolt: to throw or utter precipitately: to expel suddenly: to swallow hastily
    • v.i Bolt to rush away (like a bolt from a bow): to start up:
    • v.t Bolt bōlt (better spelling, Boult), to sift, to separate the bran from, as flour: to examine by sifting: to sift through coarse cloth
    • v.i Bolt (U.S.) to break away from one's political party
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Quotations

  • Virginia Woolf
    Virginia%20Woolf
    “Now, aged 50, I'm just poised to shoot forth quite free straight and undeflected my bolts whatever they are.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    James%20Russell%20Lowell
    “Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    Miguel%20De%20Cervantes
    “No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    Sir%20Walter%20Scott
    “If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once.”
  • William Cowper
    William%20Cowper
    “Man disavows, and Deity disowns me: hell might afford my miseries a shelter; therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all bolted against me.”
  • Rita Coolidge
    Rita Coolidge
    “Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.”

Idioms

Bolt from the blue - If something happens unexpectedly and suddenly, it is a bolt from the blue.
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Close the stable door after the horse has bolted - If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. 'Close the barn door after the horse has bolted' is alternative, often used in American English.
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Lock the stable door after the horse has bolted - If someone takes action too late, they do this; there is no reason to lock an empty stable.
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Nuts and bolts - The nuts and bolts are the most essential components of something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bolten, boulten, OF. buleter, F. bluter, fr. Ll. buletare, buratare, cf. F. bure, coarse woolen stuff; fr. L. burrus, red. See Borrel, and cf. Bultel

Usage

In literature:

Both had dropped their veils, and proceeded to bolt and bar the little door again, having set down the lamp upon the pavement.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
The door of the cabin was bolted.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
She had only to wait until Fectnor was off his guard, and touch the bolt and make her escape.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
Stave and shingle bolts and closely piled oak lumber and square timbers also suffer from injury of this kind.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
The men, bending low, bolted for the fore hatch.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Then, after one final fling, he bolted from the room into the bedroom at the back and leapt out of the window.
"Two Daring Young Patriots" by W. P. Shervill
The red glare from the wagon-house lighted her bedroom; she sprang inside and bolted the door.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
We took the four they left behind them when they bolted on to the next station with us.
"The Motor Pirate" by George Sidney Paternoster
Hardly had I raised my glass to my lips when there came a sharp, determined rap at the bolted door, and my host sprang to his feet.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
I'm for making a bolt for it before they start.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
Bud heard a key grate in the lock, and then a bolt shot home.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
Yet I trembled lest a cross-bow bolt might be following even faster.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
Six rods, riveted to the boiler shell and bolted to the frame's top rail, strengthen the frame laterally.
"The 'Pioneer': Light Passenger Locomotive of 1851" by John H. White
He shook the upper panels, but the door seemed bolted as well as locked.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
The lower or Hall bolt is shot into a hole in the door-sill, and the upper or Billy bolt is shot into a hole in the door-jamb above the door.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
There are many forms of bolts in the market, but the ordinary "machine bolt," 5/16 in.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
For all apparent purposes it was like having a lightning bolt in your fingertip.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
In memory she saw Alexis, the boy she loved, fall as the French crossbow bolt hit him.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
From a distance Daoud sent bolt after bolt from his compound bow whistling into the dark line of mail-clad men.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
He came back with two short, thick bolts.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

To a quequer Roben went,
A god bolt owthe he toke;
So ney on to the marke he went,
He fayled not a fothe.
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
I'm trying to forge a key
To ope the gates of heaven;
That key's in the hearts of men,
And back its bolts are driven.
"Magna est Veritas" by Frank Barbour Coffin
He bore her to a farm-house old,
And up its stairway long,
And closed on her the garret-door
With iron bolted strong.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"And if you don't, my lord" -
He here stood bolt upright,
And tapped a tailor's sword -
"Come out, you cad, and fight!"
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"The iron gate is bolted hard,
At which I knock in vain;
The owner's heart is closer barr'd,
Who hears me thus complain.
"The Palmer" by Sir Walter Scott
Her mind lives tidily, apart
From cold and noise and pain,
And bolts the door against her heart,
Out wailing in the rain.
"Interior" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

Bolt's Personality Aids Marketability, Olympics.
Carole Beckford, publicist for Usain Bolt, discusses the Olympian's marketability and trademarked "To Di World" pose.
N.Y.-to-Martha's Vineyard Ferry, Bolt Bus Stops, BWI Parking.
We could then bolt our factory master cylinder onto the power assist unit with supplied Allen hardware.
The Metamorphosis of Jill Bolte Taylor.
Stained glass brain image, created by Dr Jill Bolte Taylor.
Later Bolt would cringe at questions about whether he'd consider running the 400 metres .
ALTAFF Hosts Nuts & Bolts, Spotlight on Adult Literature, and Gala Author Tea during ALA Midwinter Meeting.
This one has a low center of gravity and explosive bolts in the doors, but that one was a minor miracle.
Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton bolted to his record 146th stolen base of the season and kept running Tuesday night, swiping four in the first game of Class AA doubleheader.
Their first mod came in bolting on an FMF Q exhaust system.
Bolt it to a trailer in the middle of the Mojave Desert .
On the run as an identity-free spy who can't come in from the corpse-stacked cold, Snipes does a lot of bolting across rooftops and moping in parked cars when he isn't snapping the necks of thugs he knows nothing about.
As the doorbell rings in the contemporary Wing Point home, Boomer, a friendly black lab bolts for the door barking.
In addition, when DynoMax bolted the VT onto a 2009 Chevy Silverado it saw an increase in 23 hp over the stock mufflers .
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In science:

Why the Decision Theoretic Perspective Misrepresents Frequentist Inference: ‘Nuts and Bolts’ vs.
Why the Decision Theoretic Perspective Misrepresents Frequentist Inference: 'Nuts and Bolts' vs. Learning from Data
Nuts and bolts’ vs. learning from data Let us bring out the key features of a situation where the above decisiontheoretic set up makes perfectly good sense.
Why the Decision Theoretic Perspective Misrepresents Frequentist Inference: 'Nuts and Bolts' vs. Learning from Data
This is the situation Fisher (1955) called acceptance sampling, such as an industrial production process where the ob jective is quality control, i.e. to make a decision pertaining to shipping sub-standard products (e.g. nuts and bolts) to a buyer using the expected loss/gain as the ultimate criterion.
Why the Decision Theoretic Perspective Misrepresents Frequentist Inference: 'Nuts and Bolts' vs. Learning from Data
The structures invol ve bolts, fasteners and plates, all of which move relative to one another due to differential structural loading during fligh t.
Intelligent location of simultaneously active acoustic emission sources: Part I
The Asian site (granite) requires rock bolts and a 5 cm ‘shotcrete’ lining.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
Norval Fortson and Warren Nagourney, for showing me both the broad stokes, and nuts and bolts of atomic experimental physics.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Once that the alignment is concluded the frames are strongly fixed one to each other by standard bolts.
Design of the wavefront sensor unit of ARGOS, the LBT laser guide star system
As described in chapter 2 the Rayleigh WFS sits on a dedicated bench, bolted aside the LUCI focal station.
Design of the wavefront sensor unit of ARGOS, the LBT laser guide star system
Figure 4.1: 3D model of the telescope showing the LUCI focal station, the dichroic mount attached in front of it and the Rayleigh WFS installed on its support structure bolted aside the instrument.
Design of the wavefront sensor unit of ARGOS, the LBT laser guide star system
This is a typical judgment of random matrix theorists about real things: it is a bolt from the blue and does not look provable.
Generalized Ohm's law
David Magerman is a research scientist in the Speech and Natural Language Processing Department at Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc.
Review of Charniak's "Statistical Language Learning"
The black horizontal pieces at top and bottom are the vacuum bulkheads bolted to the Roman pots.
Prospects for B-Physics in the Next Decade
That is, m = 0 represents the axially symmetric 2-monopole (which is referred to as the bolt in the metric context) and m → 1 represents the monopoles moving off to infinity.
BPS Monopoles
For the V versus B−V CMD the comparison of mean fiducial sequences was made between our CMD and Rey et al.’s (2001) and for the V versus V −I CMD it was made between our CMD and Johnson & Bolte’s (1998).
Different Characteristics of the Bright Branches of the Globular Clusters M3 and M13
The increased number of stars (= “extra stars”) in the RGB luminosity function of M13 may be the result of an effective “deep mixing” as suggested by Langer, Bolte, & Sandquist (2000).
Different Characteristics of the Bright Branches of the Globular Clusters M3 and M13
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