Meaning of “boulder” in the English Dictionary


"boulder" in English

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bouldernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbəʊl.dər/ us /ˈboʊl.dɚ/

Examples from literature

  • At dawn on the second day, he decided to try and use his climbing gear to lift the boulder off his arm. 
  • He had seen a rocky ledge above him, and he thought he might be able to throw his rope over the ledge and pull the boulder up. 
  • He used his feet to push himself up over the boulder. 
  • The boulder didn’t even move an inch. 
  • One huge boulder was wet, as if water had been splashed over it. 
  • The nearer hills are much sharper and steeper, and their sides are studded by great boulders. 
  • The novelist came down the path, on a run, to seat himself upon the gray boulder. 
  • The summit was rough and rugged, though devoid of big boulders such as are usually to be found in similar locations. 
  • Twenty-five miles of bad water lay before us—all rapids, shoals, bars, and boulders. 

(Definition of “boulder” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"boulder" in American English

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bouldernoun [ C ]

us /ˈboʊl·dər/

a large, rounded rock that has been smoothed by the action of the weather or water

(Definition of “boulder” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)