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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb, adverb
bolt from the blue, bolt upright
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a metal or wooden bar on a door that slides into a socket on the doorframe to secure the door in a closed position.
She slid the bolt and opened the door.
bar, latch
similar words:
catch, lock, pin
definition 2: a strong metal fastening rod with a shaped head at one end and a blunt threaded screw at the other, used with a matching threaded nut.
The metal plates were fastened together with bolts.
similar words:
nail, peg, pin, rivet, rod, screw, spike
definition 3: an abrupt movement away from or toward something, as in attempting an escape; dash.
The prisoners saw their chance and made a bolt for freedom.
dart, dash
similar words:
flight, rush, spring, sprint
definition 4: a large roll of fabric.
For the wholesale price, you have to buy by the bolt.
similar words:
coil, cylinder, spool
definition 5: a sliding metal rod that pushes cartridges into the firing mechanism of a gun as it closes the breech.
similar words:
pawl, rod, shaft
definition 6: a stroke of lightning.
A lightening bolt struck the tree and split it in two.
similar words:
flash, shaft, stroke, thunderbolt
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phrase: bolt from the blue
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bolts, bolting, bolted
definition 1: to attach or secure with or as though with a bolt.
I always bolt the door at night.
bar, latch
similar words:
clinch, lock, nail, peg, pin, rivet, screw
definition 2: to eat or drink hastily without chewing or tasting.
The hungry dog bolted its food.
gobble, gulp down
similar words:
devour, raven, shovel, wolf down
definition 3: to break away from by withdrawing one's support.
She bolted the Republican Party.
similar words:
abandon, desert, dump
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to make an abrupt dash or sudden move, as though to escape.
The horse bolted at the sound of the thunder.
dart, dash, flee, scoot
similar words:
career, fly, jump, leap, run, rush, spring, start
definition 2: to jump or spring up, as with surprise.
The men bolted to attention as the officer entered the barracks.
bound, jump up, leap, spring
similar words:
dart, dash, fly, jump, shoot
definition 3: to produce flowers or go to seed prematurely.
Lettuce bolts quickly in hot weather.
similar words:
go to seed
definition 4: to break away from a political party.
There was fear in the party that the popular governor would bolt.
similar words:
apostatize, desert
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part of speech: adverb
definition: abruptly.
phrase: bolt upright
derivation: bolter (n.)
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