bollards

bollard

[bol-erd]
noun
1.
Nautical.
a.
a thick, low post, usually of iron or steel, mounted on a wharf or the like, to which mooring lines from vessels are attached.
b.
a small post to which lines are attached.
c.
bitt ( def 1 ).
2.
British. one of a series of short posts for excluding or diverting motor vehicles from a road, lawn, or the like.

Origin:
1835–45; bole1 + -ard

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bollard (ˈbɒlɑːd, ˈbɒləd)
 
n
1.  a strong wooden or metal post mounted on a wharf, quay, etc, used for securing mooring lines
2.  (Brit) a small post or marker placed on a kerb or traffic island to make it conspicuous to motorists
3.  mountaineering an outcrop of rock or pillar of ice that may be used to belay a rope
 
[C14: perhaps from bole1 + -ard]

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bollard
1844, originally a post for fixing mooring ropes; since 1948, usually a traffic control device; probably from bole (q.v.) + suffix -ard.
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