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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): (n.) A shaft or missile intended to be shot from a crossbow or catapult, esp. a short, stout, blunt-headed arrow; a quarrel; an arrow, or that which resembles an arrow; a dart.

(2): (n.) An iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle; a fetter.

(3): (n.) A compact package or roll of cloth, as of canvas or silk, often containing about forty yards.

(4): (n.) A bundle, as of oziers.

(5): (n.) Lightning; a thunderbolt.

(6): (n.) A strong pin, of iron or other material, used to fasten or hold something in place, often having a head at one end and screw thread cut upon the other end.

(7): (n.) A sliding catch, or fastening, as for a door or gate; the portion of a lock which is shot or withdrawn by the action of the key.

(8): (v. t.) To shoot; to discharge or drive forth.

(9): (v. t.) To utter precipitately; to blurt or throw out.

(10): (v. t.) To swallow without chewing; as, to bolt food.

(11): (v. t.) To refuse to support, as a nomination made by a party to which one has belonged or by a caucus in which one has taken part.

(12): (v. t.) To cause to start or spring forth; to dislodge, as conies, rabbits, etc.

(13): (v. t.) To fasten or secure with, or as with, a bolt or bolts, as a door, a timber, fetters; to shackle; to restrain.

(14): (v. i.) To start forth like a bolt or arrow; to spring abruptly; to come or go suddenly; to dart; as, to bolt out of the room.

(15): (v. i.) To strike or fall suddenly like a bolt.

(16): (v. i.) To spring suddenly aside, or out of the regular path; as, the horse bolted.

(17): (v. i.) To refuse to support a nomination made by a party or a caucus with which one has been connected; to break away from a party.

(18): (adv.) In the manner of a bolt; suddenly; straight; unbendingly.

(19): (v. i.) A sudden spring or start; a sudden spring aside; as, the horse made a bolt.

(20): (v. i.) A sudden flight, as to escape creditors.

(21): (v. i.) A refusal to support a nomination made by the party with which one has been connected; a breaking away from one's party.

(22): (v. t.) To sift or separate the coarser from the finer particles of, as bran from flour, by means of a bolter; to separate, assort, refine, or purify by other means.

(23): (n.) A sieve, esp. a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter.

(24): (v. t.) To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; - with out.

(25): (v. t.) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law.

King James Dictionary [2]

BOLT,n. L. pello.

1. An arrow a dart a pointed shaft. 2. A strong cylindrical pin, of iron or other metal, used to fasten a door, a plank, a chain, &c. In ships, bolts are used in the sides and decks, and have different names, as rag-bolts, eye-bolts, ring-bolts,chain-bolts, &c. In gunnery, there are prise-bolts, transom-bolts, traverse-bolts, and bracket-bolts. 3. A thunder-bolt a stream of lightning, so named from its darting like a bolt. 4. The quantity of twenty-eight ells of canvas.

BOLT, To fasten or secure with a bolt, or iron pin, whether a door, a plank, fetters or any thing else.

1. To fasten to shackle to restrain. 2. To blurt out to utter or throw out precipitately.

I hate when vice can bolt her arguments.

In this sense it is often followed by out.

3. To sift or separate bran from flour. In America this term is applied only to the operation performed in mills. 4. Among sportsmen, to start or dislodge, used of coneys. 5. To examine by sifting to open or separate the parts of a subject, to find the truth generally followed by out. "Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things." Inelegant. 6. To purify to purge. Unusual. 7. To discuss or argue as at Gray's inn, where cases are privately discussed by students and barristers.

BOLT, To shoot forth suddenly to spring out with speed and suddenness to start forth like a bolt commonly followed by out as, to bolt out of the house, or out of a den.

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible [3]

BOLT . See House, § 6 .

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [4]

bōlt ( נעל , nā‛al , "to bind up"): The ancient Hebrews had fastenings of wood or iron for the doors of houses ( 2 Samuel 13:17 ,  2 Samuel 13:18;  Song of Solomon 5:5 ), city gates ( Nehemiah 3:3 ,  Nehemiah 3:6 ,  Nehemiah 3:13-15 ), prison doors, etc. ( Isaiah 45:2 ), which were in the form of bolts. These were sometimes pushed back from within; but there were others which, by means of a key, could be unfastened and pushed back from without ( Judges 3:23 ). These were almost the only form of locks known. See Bar; Locks .

In  Habakkuk 3:5 , resheph (a poetic word for "flame") is rendered "fiery bolts" (the King James Version "burning coals"). It seems to denote "the fiery bolts, by which Yahweh was imagined to produce pestilence or fever" (Driver, Deuteronomy , 367).