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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a bold experiment (=one that tries to achieve a lot and takes risks)
▪ The country's bold experiment with economic reform has not paid off yet.
a bold gesture (=something you do that shows you are not scared of taking risks)
▪ Appointing one of his opponents to the government was seen as a bold gesture of reconciliation.
a bold step
▪ We welcome the bold step taken by President Bush.
a bold/daring move (=taking a lot of courage)
▪ The writers made a bold move by kiling off the main character.
a bold/vivid/vibrant colour (=bright in a way that is exciting)
▪ His paintings are known for their use of bold colours.
a brave/bold/gallant/valiant attemptapproving (= one that you admire, but that is unsuccessful)
▪ The previous government made a brave attempt to tackle the problem.
▪ She made a valiant attempt to continue playing, but the pain was too much.
▪ Until then, nothing half-way as bold on rock had ever been attempted.
▪ Foliage, so often overlooked, can be just as bold in colour as well as form.
▪ She marched into his big library as bold as brass, and stood in front of his favourite chair.
▪ Some people were so bold as to suggest that he had now lost his grip and was writing pretty fair garbage.
▪ Few other Democrats were so bold as to accuse Clinton publicly of playing politics with the issue.
▪ But if I may make so bold - will you be careful of my master?
▪ Jay penned her in, one hand on each arm rest and kissed her neck. So bold!
▪ I have never seen one so close before, and it looks so bold, and bossy.
▪ Even those committees so bold as to demand to see papers and witnesses are unlikely to receive the cooperation they require.
▪ He never does anything quite so bold again, or quite so fast.
▪ Yet all these faults suggest that the reform, far from being too bold, has not been bold enough.
▪ Her eyes seemed too bold, her shorts too tight and her sun-reddened limbs too large.
▪ Mersey Barrage Company bosses say the scheme has proved too bold for the funding it needed.
▪ Its breathy roar seemed too quick, too bold, for the faintness of its light.
▪ These walls are now covered in an amazing number of climbs ranging from the well protected to the very bold.
▪ Protests over the scale, and the proposed design, combined with financial realities to quash a very bold plan.
▪ I could not help smiling at this; thinking it at least a very bold Attempt from a Person in her Situation.
▪ Given the atrocious landings and the fact that the rock is extremely treacherous when wet, many climbs are very bold.
▪ But in the last year we've taken some very bold steps.
▪ Fosteriana hybrids Large, very bold flowers on dwarf plants.
▪ The students had, however, taken a fairly bold action to call attention to their grievance.
▪ Anders says his bold actions awakened the rest of the defense industry.
▪ The report of the Resource Allocation Working Party in 1976 is the latest and boldest attempt so far.
▪ I could not help smiling at this; thinking it at least a very bold Attempt from a Person in her Situation.
▪ This is a bold attempt to unite pragmatism and conventionalism.
▪ Every time he announced a bold initiative, a hundred obstacles were thrown in his way.
▪ It is a bold move, since it throws into reverse one of Clinton's central election pledges.
▪ Lee wasted no time entering Maryland, the men being in high spirits as the bold move was made.
▪ In a particularly bold move, I decided to shave less often.
▪ Two years later, in 1994, he made perhaps the boldest move of his life.
▪ That would be a bold move indeed.
▪ As innocent as that sounded, it was a bold move.
▪ That first trip was a bold move.
▪ I make no apologies for such a bold statement.
▪ This is a remarkably bold statement of faith.
▪ But despite those substantial gains, bold statements about fighting every seat in the next general election were no longer heard.
▪ Do get the Leader to authorise a bold statement.
▪ Today, it's synonymous with aviation and makes a bold statement wherever you go.
▪ But in addition, the bold step was taken of creating specialist modules in areas like communication and personal and social development.
▪ Long before that, however, Adams's company took a bold step forward.
▪ To guarantee the longer-term success of the programme, the government will have to take even bolder steps.
▪ The United States has decided to make a bold step toward helping to secure and dispose of this material permanently.
▪ But in the last year we've taken some very bold steps.
▪ He took a number of bold steps.
▪ With the crop at two large leaves, he made the bold step of taking the subsoiler through a 12m test strip.
▪ Mr Major has taken plenty of decisions - Norman Lamont's budget was full of bold strokes.
▪ Hess's synthesis was a bold stroke of intuition.
▪ One or two more bold strokes of the pen could wrap it up for Kenny!
▪ A single bold stroke can not resolve political difficulties as fundamental as those Mondale faced and Dole now confronts.
▪ Dole can opt for some one out of the blue, making a bold stroke and hoping to demonstrate a spirit of adventure.
▪ Entries are in alphabetical order; cross-references are printed in bold type.
▪ These are indicated in bold type.
▪ The use of bold type to draw attention to notes, sub-headings and hazards is helpful.
▪ Those keywords that are allowed are shown in bold type.
▪ Peptides shown to bind to HLA-B53 are highlighted in bold type.
▪ Sometimes the main pages where a subject is dealt with are printed in bold type.
▪ Amino-acid residues that are completely conserved are shown in bold type.
▪ Approved headings are listed in bold type, such as Art, Children as artists.
bold/calm/cool etc as you please
bold illustrations
▪ a bold leader
▪ He was one of the boldest and most innovative composers of his day.
▪ The speech began with a bold statement about racism.
▪ wallpaper with bold stripes
▪ What we need is a strong leader, someone who is bold enough to make tough decisions.
▪ And we ought, in fairness, to wonder who else in similar circumstances would have proved so much bolder?
▪ As innocent as that sounded, it was a bold move.
▪ Autumnal eyes are bold, obvious, slightly overdone, in deep, dark colors.
▪ It would not be considered bold today.
▪ Protests over the scale, and the proposed design, combined with financial realities to quash a very bold plan.
▪ Roller blinds offer a good deal of scope through colour and fabric combinations, from floral patterns to bold geometric prints.
▪ They are looking for bold leadership.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bold \Bold\ (b[=o]ld), a. [OE. bald, bold, AS. bald, beald; akin to Icel. ballr, OHG. bald, MHG. balt, D. boud, Goth. bal[thorn]ei boldness, It. baldo. In Ger. there remains only bald, adv. soon. Cf. Bawd, n.]

  1. Forward to meet danger; venturesome; daring; not timorous or shrinking from risk; brave; courageous.

    Throngs of knights and barons bold.

  2. Exhibiting or requiring spirit and contempt of danger; planned with courage; daring; vigorous. ``The bold design leased highly.''

  3. In a bad sense, too forward; taking undue liberties; over assuming or confident; lacking proper modesty or restraint; rude; impudent.

    Thou art too wild, too rude and bold of voice.

  4. Somewhat overstepping usual bounds, or conventional rules, as in art, literature, etc.; taking liberties in composition or expression; as, the figures of an author are bold. ``Bold tales.''

    The cathedral church is a very bold work.

  5. Standing prominently out to view; markedly conspicuous; striking the eye; in high relief.

    Shadows in painting . . . make the figure bolder.

  6. Steep; abrupt; prominent.

    Where the bold cape its warning forehead rears.


Bold \Bold\, v. t. To make bold or daring. [Obs.]


Bold \Bold\, v. i. To be or become bold. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English beald (West Saxon), bald (Anglian) "bold, brave, confident, strong," from Proto-Germanic *balthaz (cognates: Old High German bald "bold, swift," in names such as Archibald, Leopold, Theobald; Gothic balþei "boldness;" Old Norse ballr "frightful, dangerous"), perhaps from PIE *bhol-to- suffixed form of *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).\n

\nOf flavors (coffee, etc.) from 1829. The noun meaning "those who are bold" is from c.1300. Old French and Provençal baut "bold," Italian baldo "bold, daring, fearless" are Germanic loan-words.


Etymology 1 alt. (context obsolete English) A dwelling; habitation; building. n. (context obsolete English) A dwelling; habitation; building. Etymology 2

  1. courageous, daring. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To make (a font or some text) bold. 2 (context transitive obsolete English) To make bold or daring. 3 (context intransitive obsolete English) To become bold.

  1. adj. fearless and daring; "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure" [ant: timid]

  2. clear and distinct; "bold handwriting"; "a figure carved in bold relief"; "a bold design"

  3. very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front; "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock" [syn: bluff, sheer]


n. a typeface with thick heavy lines [syn: boldface, bold face]

Bold (band)

Bold is a late 1980s youth crew hardcore band from Westchester County, New York, which, along with bands like Youth Of Today and Side By Side, were a part of the Youth Crew and an influence in the late 80's straight edge hardcore scene. The band progressed to a more rock-oriented sound in its later years.

Bold (disambiguation)

Bold is a font style used for emphasis.

Bold or BOLD may also refer to:

  • Boldness, or being bold, courage, the opposite of being shy
Bold (decoy)

Bold (a term derived from kobold) was a German sonar decoy, used by U-boats during the Second World War from 1942 onwards. It consisted of a metal canister about in diameter filled with calcium hydride. It was launched by an ejector system colloquially referred to as Pillenwerfer (English: " pill thrower").

When mixed with seawater, the calcium hydride produced large quantities of hydrogen which bubbled out of the container, creating a false sonar target. A valve opened and closed, holding the device at a depth of about . The device lasted 20 to 25 minutes.

The Royal Navy called it SBT (Submarine Bubble Target).

Bold (surname)

Bold is a surname. Notable people with the name include:

  • Alan Bold (Scottish writer)
  • Gary Bold (New Zealand physicist)
  • Gina Bold (English artist)
  • Aaron Bold (Lacrosse player)
  • Samuel Bold (English clergyman)
  • Charlie Bold (Major League Baseball player)
  • William Bold (Australian town clerk)
Bold (horse)

Bold (1948–1952) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse that is best remembered for winning the 1951 Preakness Stakes in a long shot victory and for being killed when struck by lightning at the age of four while pastured at his Upperville, Virginia farm.

Bold (detergent)

Bold is a laundry detergent brand owned by Procter & Gamble.

It was launched in 1974 as the UK's first low suds biological detergent. In 1982, it was relaunched as the country's only combined detergent/ conditioner, and has been a popular product since.

In 2004, the Bold 2in1 detergent/conditioner product was given a packaging revamp.

Usage examples of "bold".

And aboard this ship a bold look, one that even hints at a challenge to authority, counts as insolence.

Thus, all the while that Galileo was inventing modern physics, teaching mathematics to princes, discovering new phenomena among the planets, publishing science books for the general public, and defending his bold theories against establishment enemies, he was also buying thread for Suor Luisa, choosing organ music for Mother Achillea, shipping gifts of food, and supplying his homegrown citrus fruits, wine, and rosemary leaves for the kitchen and apothecary at San Matteo.

The acquisition of Modar, a prince of the royal blood of the Amali, gave a bold and faithful champion to the cause of Rome.

He lifted his gaze to find both the Duchess and Acton had turned indulgent smiles on the redheaded chit, as if charmed by her bold behavior.

The chief secret, however, of the origin of the peculiar phrases under consideration consisted in their striking fitness to the nature and facts of the case, their adaptedness to express these facts in a bold and vivid manner.

Berry was aroused by an unusual prolonged wailing of the child, which showed that no one was comforting it, and failing to get any answer to her applications for admittance, she made bold to enter.

The advertising positioned the product line and created a bold identity for the company.

There were bold rumors afoot that Graig had been murdered, and though nothing could be proven, the wardens were taking no more chances.

George-a-Green, 505 I shall make bold to turn agen Nor am I doubtful of the issue In a just quarrel, and mine is so.

This long letter, written in a bold, flowing hand on a 489 Nineteen hundred and forty-four dozen sheets of bright-blue airmail paper, contained all sorts of information about European people, places and corporations known to Cyrus.

The clerestory shafts in the aisle of the north transept are bolder than in the south, and the capitals, especially on the east side, are more elaborate and beautiful.

On the report of this bold invasion, which threatened his hereditary dominions, Alp Arslan flew to the scene of action at the head of forty thousand horse.

When a bold hunch leads them from a wild murder investigation to a red-hot love affair, Amaryllis is shocked, Lucas is delighted-- and no power on heaven, earth or St.

His bold cheekbones, aggressive nose, and strong jaw were as exotic, compelling, and mysterious to Amaryllis as the alien artifacts themselves.

That seemed to satisfy Amir in some obscure manner and he kissed each of her knees then placed his mouth to the soft muscle inside each limb and fiercely suckled and bit, leaving a bold mark like a brand on each.