To shake with short, abrupt risings and fallings, as a carriage moving on rough ground; as, the coach jolts.
- To move or dislodge with a sudden, hard blow; strike heavily or jarringly: jolted his opponent with a heavy punch; an impact that jolted the mailbox loose.
- To cause to move jerkily: stops and starts that jolted the passengers.
- To put into a specified condition by or as if by a blow: "Now and then he jolted a nodding reader awake by inserting a witty paragraph” ( Walter Blair).
- To make suddenly active or effective: The remark jolted my memory.
- To disturb suddenly and severely; stun: She was jolted by the betrayal of her trusted friend.
- To proceed in an irregular, bumpy, or jerky fashion.
- A sudden jarring or jerking, as from a heavy blow or an abrupt movement. See Synonyms at collision.
- A sudden, strong feeling of surprise or disappointment; a shock.
- The cause of such a feeling: The news came as a jolt.
- A brief strong portion: a jolt of electricity; a jolt of whiskey.