1) bui any of several types of strong fastening rods, pins, or screws, usu. threaded to receive a nut
2) bui a movable bar or rod that is slid into a socket to fasten a door, gate, etc
3) bui the part of a lock that is shot from and drawn back into the case, as by the action of the key
4) a sudden dash, flight, or escape
5) gov a sudden desertion from a political party, social movement, etc
6) tex a length of woven goods, esp. as it comes on a roll from the loom
7) bui a roll of wallpaper
8) mil (on a breechloading rifle) a sliding rod or bar that shoves a cartridge into the firing chamber and closes the breech
9) a short, heavy arrow for a crossbow
10) a thunderbolt
11) bui to fasten with or as if with a bolt
12) gov to discontinue support of or participation in; break with:
to bolt a political party[/ex]
13) to shoot or discharge (a missile), as from a crossbow or catapult
14) to say impulsively; blurt out
15) to swallow (one's food or drink) hurriedly:
He bolted his breakfast[/ex]
16) to make (cloth, wallpaper, etc.) into bolts
17) to make a sudden flight or escape
18) gov to break away, as from one's political party
19) bot to produce flowers or seeds prematurely
20) archaic suddenly
Etymology: bef. 1000; ME, OE, c. MLG bolte, OHG bolz bolt′er, n. bolt′less, adj. bolt′like`, adj. II
[[t]boʊlt[/t]] v. t.
1) to sift through a cloth or sieve
2) to examine or search into, as if by sifting
Etymology: 1150–1200; ME bulten < OF bul(e) ter, metathetic var. of *buteler < Gmc bolt′er, n.

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