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From Middle High German bolz, from Old High German bolz, from Proto-Germanic *bultaz. Compare Dutch bout, English bolt, Danish bolt, Icelandic bolti.


  • IPA(key): [ˈbɔlt͡sn̩]
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Bolzen m (genitive Bolzens, plural Bolzen)

  1. bolt in the sense of cylindrical pin
  2. bolt in the sense of crossbow projectile

Usage note[edit]

Not used in most of the other senses of the English word bolt, specifically almost never for a threaded fastener. The distinction between screws and bolts that exists in English (though it is much more tenuous than what standards attempt to uphold through definitions that in fact often violate common usage), does not exist in German, and both screws and bolts are called Schrauben.


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