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Origin unknown; perhaps from bole.
bollard (plural bollards)
- (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.
- A similar post preventing vehicle access to a pedestrian area, to delineate traffic lanes, or used for security purposes.
- (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (pejorative) A stupid or foolish person; one who behaves like or resembles a bollard.
post to secure mooring lines
post preventing vehicles from entering pedestrian area
- (traffic bollard): cone