We love words that sound like what they mean, and bolt is no exception. It's a quick, sharp word that either means to move quickly or refers to a stroke of lightning, as in "lightning bolt."

  • Pronunciation: /bəʊlt/
  • English Description: lightning that appears as a white line in the sky or a metal bar that you slide across a door or window to fasten it
  • Chinese Translation: 门栓(Men2 Shuan1); 闪电(Shan3 Dian4)
  • Spanish Translation: bolt
  • STORY: The god Zeus was fond of tossing bolts of lightning down upon mortals who angered him. If you were one of those mortals, you'd have been smart to bolt inside as soon as the rain began. To bolt is to run as quickly as you can. Racehorses are often described as bolting out of the gate. Other uses of bolt include the lock in your door, the act of locking that lock, and what a dog does when it gulps down his food.


  • Bolt says “this will be my last Olympics, but I am definitely looking forward to it. I’m excited now that it’s getting closer.”Washington Times Apr 16, 2015

  • Soon after writing that piece, Chevy announced its new Bolt electric vehicle—a direct competitor to Tesla’s planned new “mainstream” electric sedan.

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