jolt: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: ( jōlt), [key]
- to jar, shake, or cause to move by or as if by a sudden rough thrust; shake up roughly: The bus jolted its passengers as it went down the rocky road.
- to knock sharply so as to dislodge: He jolted the nail free with a stone.
- to stun with a blow, esp. in boxing.
- to shock emotionally or psychologically: His sudden death jolted us all.
- to bring to a desired state sharply or abruptly: to jolt a person into awareness.
- to make active or alert, as by using an abrupt, sharp, or rough manner: to jolt someone's memory.
- to interfere with or intrude upon, esp. in a rough or crude manner; interrupt disturbingly.
- to move with a sharp jerk or a series of sharp jerks: The car jolted to a halt.
- a jolting shock, movement, or blow: The automobile gave a sudden jolt.
- an emotional or psychological shock: The news of his arrest gave me quite a jolt.
- something that causes such a shock: The news was a jolt to me.
- a sudden, unexpected rejection or defeat: Their policy got a rude jolt from the widespread opposition.
- a prison sentence.
- an injection of a narcotic.
- a bracing dose of something: a jolt of whiskey; a jolt of fresh air.
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