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Meaning of BORE

Pronunciation:  bowr

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  (mining terms) a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes
  2. [n]  diameter of a tube or gun barrel
  3. [n]  a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
  4. [n]  a person who evokes boredom
  5. [v]  drill a hole into
  6. [v]  cause to be bored
 

BORE is a 4 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: aegir, bore-hole, caliber, calibre, drill, drill hole, dullard, eager, eagre, tidal bore, tire
 
 Antonyms: interest
 
 See Also: counter-drill, cut, diam, diameter, disagreeable person, excavation, fuddy-duddy, gasbag, hole in the ground, nudnick, nudnik, platitudinarian, shot hole, stuffed shirt, tidal current, tidal flow, trepan, unpleasant person, windbag

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Bore\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bored}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Boring}.] [OE. borien, AS. borian; akin to Icel. bora, Dan.
    bore, D. boren, OHG. por?n, G. bohren, L. forare, Gr. ? to
    plow, Zend bar. [root]91.]
    1. To perforate or penetrate, as a solid body, by turning an
       auger, gimlet, drill, or other instrument; to make a round
       hole in or through; to pierce; as, to bore a plank.
    
             I'll believe as soon this whole earth may be bored.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    2. To form or enlarge by means of a boring instrument or
       apparatus; as, to bore a steam cylinder or a gun barrel;
       to bore a hole.
    
             Short but very powerful jaws, by means whereof the
             insect can bore, as with a centerbit, a cylindrical
             passage through the most solid wood.  --T. W.
                                                   Harris.
    
    3. To make (a passage) by laborious effort, as in boring; as,
       to bore one's way through a crowd; to force a narrow and
       difficult passage through. ``What bustling crowds I
       bored.'' --Gay.
    
    4. To weary by tedious iteration or by dullness; to tire; to
       trouble; to vex; to annoy; to pester.
    
             He bores me with some trick.          --Shak.
    
             Used to come and bore me at rare intervals.
                                                   --Carlyle.
    
    5. To befool; to trick. [Obs.]
    
             I am abused, betrayed; I am laughed at, scorned,
             Baffled and bored, it seems.          --Beau. & Fl.
    
    
  2. \Bore\, v. i.
    1. To make a hole or perforation with, or as with, a boring
       instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of
       a tool; as, to bore for water or oil (i. e., to sink a
       well by boring for water or oil); to bore with a gimlet;
       to bore into a tree (as insects).
    
    2. To be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as
       it turns; as, this timber does not bore well, or is hard
       to bore.
    
    3. To push forward in a certain direction with laborious
       effort.
    
             They take their flight . . . boring to the west.
                                                   --Dryden.
    
    
    
    4. (Man.) To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air; --
       said of a horse. --Crabb.
    
    
  3. \Bore\ (b[=o]r), n.
    1. A hole made by boring; a perforation.
    
    2. The internal cylindrical cavity of a gun, cannon, pistol,
       or other firearm, or of a pipe or tube.
    
             The bores of wind instruments.        --Bacon.
    
             Love's counselor should fill the bores of hearing.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    3. The size of a hole; the interior diameter of a tube or gun
       barrel; the caliber.
    
    4. A tool for making a hole by boring, as an auger.
    
    5. Caliber; importance. [Obs.]
    
             Yet are they much too light for the bore of the
             matter.                               --Shak.
    
    6. A person or thing that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a
       tiresome person or affair; any person or thing which
       causes ennui.
    
             It is as great a bore as to hear a poet read his own
             verses.                               --Hawthorne.
    
    
  4. \Bore\, n. [Icel. b[=a]ra wave: cf. G. empor upwards, OHG.
    bor height, burren to lift, perh. allied to AS. beran, E. 1st
    {bear}. [root]92.] (Physical Geog.)
       (a) A tidal flood which regularly or occasionally rushes
           into certain rivers of peculiar configuration or
           location, in one or more waves which present a very
           abrupt front of considerable height, dangerous to
           shipping, as at the mouth of the Amazon, in South
           America, the Hoogly and Indus, in India, and the
           Tsien-tang, in China.
       (b) Less properly, a very high and rapid tidal flow, when
           not so abrupt, such as occurs at the Bay of Fundy and
           in the British Channel.
    
    
  5. \Bore\,
    imp. of 1st & 2d {Bear}.
    
    
 
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