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English noun: bolt

1. bolt (phenomenon) a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

Synonymsbolt of lightning, thunderbolt

Broader (hypernym)lightning

2. bolt (artifact) a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech

Broader (hypernym)bar

Part meronymrifle

3. bolt (artifact) the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key


Broader (hypernym)bar

Narrower (hyponym)safety bolt, safety lock

Part meronymlock

4. bolt (act) the act of moving with great haste

SamplesHe made a dash for the door.


Broader (hypernym)haste, hurry, rush, rushing

5. bolt (artifact) a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length

Broader (hypernym)roll

6. bolt (artifact) a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener

Broader (hypernym)screw

Narrower (hyponym)carriage bolt, expansion bolt, kingbolt, kingpin, machine bolt, stove bolt, swivel pin

Part holonymclinch, head, shank

Part meronymnut and bolt

7. bolt (act) a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)

Broader (hypernym)abandonment, desertion, forsaking

Domain categorygovernment, political science, politics

English adverb: bolt

1. bolt in a rigid manner

SamplesThe body was rigidly erect.
He sat bolt upright.

Synonymsrigidly, stiffly

2. bolt directly

SamplesHe ran bang into the pole.
Ran slap into her.

Synonymsbang, slap, slapdash, smack

Domain usagecolloquialism

English verb: bolt

1. bolt (motion) move or jump suddenly

SamplesShe bolted from her seat.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)move

2. bolt (contact) secure or lock with a bolt

SamplesBolt the door.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lock


3. bolt (consumption) swallow hastily

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)get down, swallow

4. bolt (motion) run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

SamplesThe thief made off with our silver.
The accountant absconded with the cash from the safe.

Synonymsabscond, absquatulate, decamp, go off, make off, run off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)flee, fly, take flight

Narrower (hyponym)levant

5. bolt (motion) leave suddenly and as if in a hurry

SamplesThe listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas.
When she started to tell silly stories, I ran out.

Synonymsbeetle off, bolt out, run off, run out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go away, go forth, leave

6. bolt (consumption) eat hastily without proper chewing

SamplesDon't bolt your food!.

ExamplesThey bolt more bread


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)eat

7. bolt (change) make or roll into bolts

SamplesBolt fabric.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)furl, roll up

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