|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
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.) Lightning; a thunderbolt.
3. (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.
4. (n.) A sliding catch, or fastening, as for a door or gate; the portion of a lock which is shot or withdrawn by the action of the key.
5. (n.) An iron to fasten the legs of a prisoner; a shackle; a fetter.
6. (n.) A compact package or roll of cloth, as of canvas or silk, often containing about forty yards.
7. (n.) A bundle, as of osiers.
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. (n.) A sudden spring or start; a sudden spring aside; as, the horse made a bolt.
20. (n.) A sudden flight, as to escape creditors.
21. (n.) 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. (v. t.) To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; -- with out.
24. (v. t.) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as cases at law.
25. (n.) A sieve, esp. a long fine sieve used in milling for bolting flour and meal; a bolter.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
bolt (na`al, "to bind up"): The ancient Hebrews had fastenings of wood or iron for the doors of houses (2 Samuel 13:17, 18 Songs 5:5), city gates (Nehemiah 3:3, 6, 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).
M. O. Evans
Bolt (5 Occurrences)
Deuteronomy 32:24 They shall be wasted with hunger, and devoured with burning heat And bitter destruction; And the teeth of beasts will I send upon them, With the poison of crawling things of the dust. (See JPS)
2 Samuel 13:17 Then he called his servant who ministered to him, and said, "Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Nehemiah 7:3 I said to them, Don't let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand on guard, let them shut the doors, and you bar them: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, everyone in his watch, and everyone to be over against his house. (See NAS)
Job 38:10 marked out for it my bound, set bars and doors, (See NAS)
Song of Songs 5:5 I rose up to open to my beloved; And my hands droppeth with myrrh, And my fingers with liquid myrrh, Upon the handles of the bolt. (ASV NAS RSV)