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Maybe from Middle English jollen.
- (transitive) To push or shake abruptly and roughly.
- The bus jolted its passengers.
- (transitive) To knock sharply; to deal a blow to.
- (transitive) To shock (someone) into taking action or being alert; as, to jolt someone out of complacency
- (transitive) To shock emotionally.
- Her untimely death jolted us all.
- (intransitive) To shake; to move with a series of jerks.
- The bus jolted along the stony path.
(transitive) push or a shake
(transitive) shock into taking action
(transitive) shock emotionally
(intransitive) shake, move with a series of jerks
jolt (plural jolts)
- An act of jolting.
- A surprise or shock.
- (slang) A long prison sentence.
- (slang) A narcotic injection.
Coordinate terms 
- (prison sentence): bit
An act of jolting