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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Example sentences
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.
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