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[bol-erd] /ˈbɒl ərd/
  1. a thick, low post, usually of iron or steel, mounted on a wharf or the like, to which mooring lines from vessels are attached.
  2. a small post to which lines are attached.
  3. bitt (def 1).
British. one of a series of short posts for excluding or diverting motor vehicles from a road, lawn, or the like.
1835-45; bole1 + -ard Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bollard
  • Vertical curb between path and sidewalk, yet bollard spacing implies it's the path entry.
  • Interior surface of post cap in contact with the bollard shall be coated with epoxy, prior to being wedged in place.
  • The wood bollard shall be field cut to the proper length and shaped as detailed on the plans.
  • Either a pump island curb or bollard is recommended for the protections of dispensing units.
  • If more than one bollard is needed, install an odd number.
British Dictionary definitions for bollard


/ˈbɒlɑːd; ˈbɒləd/
a strong wooden or metal post mounted on a wharf, quay, etc, used for securing mooring lines
(Brit) a small post or marker placed on a kerb or traffic island to make it conspicuous to motorists
(mountaineering) an outcrop of rock or pillar of ice that may be used to belay a rope
Word Origin
C14: perhaps from bole1 + -ard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bollard

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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