From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Jolt \Jolt\ (j[=o]lt), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Jolted; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Jolting.] [Prob. fr. jole, joll, jowl, and orig.
   meaning, to knock on the head. See Jowl.]
   To shake with short, abrupt risings and fallings, as a
   carriage moving on rough ground; as, the coach jolts.
   [1913 Webster]
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