American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A thick post on a ship or wharf, used for securing ropes and hawsers.
- n. One of a series of posts preventing vehicles from entering an area.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a strong post fixed vertically alongside of a dock, on which to fasten hawsers for securing or hauling ships.
- n. Same as billet-head, 1 .
- n. nautical A strong vertical post of timber or iron, fixed to the ground and/or on the deck of a ship, to which the ship's mooring lines etc are secured
- n. A similar post preventing vehicle access to a pedestrian area, to delineate traffic lanes, or used for security purposes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An upright wooden or iron post in a boat or on a dock, used in veering or fastening ropes.
- n. a strong post (as on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines)
- Origin unknown; perhaps from bole. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, probably from bole, tree trunk; see bole1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the approach of the officer there was no challenge, so to find the reason of this the officer climbed up the ladder and found the sentry, who explained he had seen something "right enuff," but thought it was "one of them things they tie ships to" -- in other words a bollard.”
“On an ancient stone stump, about three feet thick and three feet high, used for securing ships by ropes to the shore, and called a bollard or holdfast, an elderly gentleman sits facing the land with his head bowed and his face in his hands, sobbing.”
“Although Jim cycling into a bollard was a highlight.”
“The entire length of rope unwound directly from the reel or 'bollard' of the first launch, and the line of a second boat was attached forthwith; a third and a fourth were annexed, but the whale exhibited no sign of exhaustion, and dragged his pursuers like the wind.”
“bollard," a piece of timber near the stern of the boat.”
“We made a triangle with our eyes: me looking mournfully at Leo, Leo scrutinising the man in the denim jacket, the man watching me, leaning on a concrete bollard and chewing gum.”
“I love it that there is a word like “bollard” — it sounds ridiculous and ponderous and silly all at once.”
“A 57-year-old woman was taken to hospital on Thursday with fractures to her face and ribs and internal injuries after what police described as a "bucket-sized" concrete bollard hit the car she was travelling in with husband, who was driving at the time and suffered minor cuts and bruises.”
“They verbally abuse her calling her a P**i for nudging one of them off his bollard as she crosses the road.”
“There's also line-tossing, where deckhands are timed lassoing a bollard on a pier from an approaching tug.”
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The derogatory suffix -ard, now used in just a few words though previously very productive.
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