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"bolt" in British English

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boltnoun [C]

uk   /bəʊlt/  us   /boʊlt/

bolt noun [C] (LOCK)

a ​metalbar on a ​door or ​window that ​slidesacross to ​lock it ​closed: I ​closed the ​window and drew the bolt (= ​slid the bolt ​across).

bolt noun [C] (SCREW)

a screw-like ​metalobject without a ​point, used with a nut to ​fasten things together

bolt noun [C] (LIGHTNING)

a ​flash of lightning that ​looks like a ​whiteline against the ​sky: The ​house next to ours was ​struck by a bolt of ​lightning.
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bolt noun [C] (ROLL)

a ​length or ​roll of ​cloth or wallpaper

bolt noun [C] (WEAPON)

a ​type of ​shortarrowshot from a crossbow (= a ​type of ​weapon)

bolt noun [C] (QUICK MOVEMENT)

make a bolt for somewhere to ​try to ​escape by ​running towards something: The ​thieftried to make a bolt for the ​exit.

boltverb

uk   /bəʊlt/  us   /boʊlt/

bolt verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I] to ​move very ​fast, ​especially as a ​result of being ​frightened: Frightened by the ​carhorn, the ​horse bolted.

bolt verb (EAT)

[T] (also bolt down) to ​eatfood very ​quickly: Don't bolt ​yourfood like that - you'll get ​indigestion.

bolt verb (LOCK)

[I or T] to ​lock a ​door or ​window by ​sliding a bolt ​across: Have you ​locked and bolted the ​door? The ​door bolts on the inside.

bolt verb (SCREW)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​fasten something in ​position with a bolt: On a ​ship the ​furniture is often bolted to the ​deck.
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(Definition of bolt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bolt" in American English

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boltnoun [C]

 us   /boʊlt/

bolt noun [C] (LOCK)

a ​smallmetalbar that ​slidesacross a ​door or ​window to ​lock it: I ​fastened the ​door with a bolt. A bolt is also a ​part of a ​gun that ​pushes the cartridge (= ​containerfilled with ​explosivepowder) into ​position to be ​fired.

bolt noun [C] (SCREW)

a ​metalscrew without a ​point, used to ​fasten things together, often with a nut (= ​smallpiece of ​metal that ​attaches to it)

bolt noun [C] (LIGHTNING)

a ​flash of ​lightning, esp. ​followed by ​thunder: Did a bolt of ​lightning set ​fire to the ​barn?

bolt noun [C] (ROLL)

a ​roll of ​cloth or ​paper, esp. wallpaper

boltverb

 us   /boʊlt/

bolt verb (MOVE SUDDENLY)

[I/T] to move ​suddenly and ​quickly: [I] At the first ​whiff of ​smoke, the ​horse bolted from the ​barn. [M] He bolted down some ​breakfast.

bolt verb (LOCK)

[T] to ​lock a ​door or ​window with a bolt: Be ​sure to bolt the ​door when you go to ​bed!

bolt verb (SCREW)

[T always + adv/prep] to ​fasten two things together with a bolt: He ​sat on a ​woodenbench bolted to the ​floor.
(Definition of bolt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bolt" in Business English

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boltnoun [C]

uk   us   /bəʊlt/
PRODUCTION a ​longroll of cloth ​produced in a ​factory: The ​stallsold bolts of cloth and ​cheap clothes.
a ​small metal ​object without a ​point that is used with a nut (= round metal ​part) to fasten things together: The furniture ​fits together with nuts and bolts.
(Definition of bolt from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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