|2.||to prop up with a pillow or cushion|
|3.||to add padding to: to bolster a dress|
|4.||a long narrow pillow or cushion|
|5.||any pad or padded support|
|6.||architect a short horizontal length of timber fixed to the top of a post to increase the bearing area and reduce the span of the supported beam|
|7.||a cold chisel having a broad blade splayed towards the cutting edge, used for cutting stone slabs, etc|
|[Old English bolster; related to Old Norse bolstr, Old High German bolstar, Dutch bulster]|
The Hebrew word _kebir_, rendered "pillow" in 1 Sam. 19:13, 16, but in Revised Version marg. "quilt" or "network," probably means some counterpane or veil intended to protect the head of the sleeper. A different Hebrew word (meraashoth') is used for "bolster" (1 Sam. 26:7, 11, 16). It is rightly rendered in Revised Version "at his head." In Gen. 28:11, 18 the Authorized Version renders it "for his pillows," and the Revised Version "under his head." In Ezek. 13:18, 20 another Hebrew word (kesathoth) is used, properly denoting "cushions" or "pillows," as so rendered both in the Authorized and the Revised Version.