bollard

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English[edit]

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Two bollards (ship mooring posts)
Concrete bollards segregating a pedestrian area from a roadway

Etymology[edit]

Origin unknown; perhaps from bole.

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Noun[edit]

bollard (plural bollards)

  1. (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.
    • 1965, Poul Anderson, The Star Fox:
      He sat on a bollard, looking out across the water, a man more small and shabby than expected.
  2. A similar post preventing vehicle access to a pedestrian area, to delineate traffic lanes, or used for security purposes.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (pejorative) A stupid or foolish person; one who behaves like or resembles a bollard.

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See also[edit]

  • (traffic bollard): cone