What does the word bolt mean?

Usage examples for bolt

  1. Hearing himself thus unexpectedly accused of a double crime, he shook from head to foot, as if a bolt had fallen on him from a calm sky. – Eastern Shame Girl The Wedding of Ya-Nei; A Strange Destiny; The Error of the Embroidered Slipper; The Counterfeit Old Woman; The Monastery of the Esteemed-Lotus; A Complicated Marriage by Charles Georges Souli
  2. With a furious growl he shot from his lair like the bolt from a cross- bow. – The Settler and the Savage by R.M. Ballantyne
  3. The book fell from my hands; I sat bolt upright, every sense resolved into that of hearing. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell