Pronunciation: ( jōlt),[key] —v.t. 1. 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. 2. to knock sharply so as to dislodge: He jolted the nail free with a stone. 3. to stun with a blow, esp. in boxing.
4. to shock emotionally or psychologically: His sudden death jolted us all. 5. to bring to a desired state sharply or abruptly: to jolt a person into awareness. 6. to make active or alert, as by using an abrupt, sharp, or rough manner: to jolt someone's memory. 7. to interfere with or intrude upon, esp. in a rough or crude manner; interrupt disturbingly.
—v.i. to move with a sharp jerk or a series of sharp jerks: The car jolted to a halt.
—n. 1. a jolting shock, movement, or blow: The automobile gave a sudden jolt. 2. an emotional or psychological shock: The news of his arrest gave me quite a jolt. 3. something that causes such a shock: The news was a jolt to me. 4. a sudden, unexpected rejection or defeat: Their policy got a rude jolt from the widespread opposition. 5. Slang.a prison sentence.
6. Slang.an injection of a narcotic.
7. a bracing dose of something: a jolt of whiskey; a jolt of fresh air.