(noun, verb, adverb)


1. in a rigid manner

- he sat bolt upright

Similar word(s): rigidly, stiffly

2. directly

Similar word(s): bang, slap, slapdash, smack

Sentences with bolt as an adverb:

- The soldiers stood bolt upright for inspection.


1. a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

Similar word(s): thunderbolt

Definition categories: phenomenon, lightning

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

Definition categories: man–made, bar

3. the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key

Similar word(s): deadbolt

Definition categories: man–made, bar

4. the act of moving with great haste

Similar word(s): dash

Definition categories: act, haste, hurry, rush, rushing

5. a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length

Definition categories: man–made, roll

6. a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener

Definition categories: man–made, screw

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

Definition categories: act, abandonment, desertion, forsaking

Sentences with bolt as a noun:

- The problem's solution struck him like a bolt from the blue.

- The horse made a bolt.


1. move or jump suddenly

- She bolted from her seat

Definition categories: motion, move

2. secure or lock with a bolt

- bolt the door

Definition categories: contact, lock

3. swallow hastily

Definition categories: consumption, swallow

4. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

Similar word(s): abscond, absquatulate, decamp

Definition categories: motion, flee, fly

5. leave suddenly and as if in a hurry

- The listeners bolted when he discussed his strange ideas

Definition categories: motion, leave

6. eat hastily without proper chewing

- Don't bolt your food!

Similar word(s): gobble

Definition categories: consumption, eat

7. make or roll into bolts

- bolt fabric

Definition categories: change, furl

Sentences with bolt as a verb:

- Bolt the vice to the bench.

- Seeing the snake, the horse bolted.

- The actor forgot his line and bolted from the stage.

- to bolt a rabbit

- Lettuce and spinach will bolt as the weather warms up.

- Come on, everyone, bolt your drinks; I want to go to the next pub!

- Graham flour is unbolted flour.