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boring1

[bawr-ing, bohr-]
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adjective
  1. causing or marked by boredom: a boring discussion; to have a boring time.
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Origin of boring1

First recorded in 1835–45; bore1 + -ing2
Related formsbor·ing·ly, adverbbor·ing·ness, noun

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dull, tiresome, tedious.

boring2

[bawr-ing, bohr-]
noun
  1. Machinery.
    1. the act or process of making or enlarging a hole.
    2. the hole so made.
  2. Geology. a cylindrical sample of earth strata obtained by boring a vertical hole.
  3. borings, the chips, fragments, or dust produced in boring.
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Origin of boring2

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at bore2, -ing1

bore1

[bawr, bohr]
verb (used with object), bored, bor·ing.
  1. to weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc.: The long speech bored me.
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noun
  1. a dull, tiresome, or uncongenial person.
  2. a cause of ennui or petty annoyance: repetitious tasks that are a bore to do.
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Origin of bore1

First recorded in 1760–70; of uncertain origin
Can be confusedboar Boer boor boreboard boredboard bored committee council panel trust

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1. fatigue, tire, annoy.

Antonyms

1. amuse; thrill, enrapture.

bore2

[bawr, bohr]
verb (used with object), bored, bor·ing.
  1. to pierce (a solid substance) with some rotary cutting instrument.
  2. to make (a hole) by drilling with such an instrument.
  3. to form, make, or construct (a tunnel, mine, well, passage, etc.) by hollowing out, cutting through, or removing a core of material: to bore a tunnel through the Alps; to bore an oil well 3000 feet deep.
  4. Machinery. to enlarge (a hole) to a precise diameter with a cutting tool within the hole, by rotating either the tool or the work.
  5. to force (an opening), as through a crowd, by persistent forward thrusting (usually followed by through or into); to force or make (a passage).
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verb (used without object), bored, bor·ing.
  1. to make a hole in a solid substance with a rotary cutting instrument.
  2. Machinery. to enlarge a hole to a precise diameter.
  3. (of a substance) to admit of being bored: Certain types of steel do not bore well.
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noun
  1. a hole made or enlarged by boring.
  2. the inside diameter of a hole, tube, or hollow cylindrical object or device, such as a bushing or bearing, engine cylinder, or barrel of a gun.
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Origin of bore2

before 900; Middle English; Old English borian; cognate with Old High German borōn, Old Norse bora, Latin forāre
Related formsbore·a·ble, bor·a·ble, adjective

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1. perforate, drill. 10. caliber.

bore4

[bawr, bohr]
verb
  1. simple past tense of bear1.
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Examples from the Web for boring

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  • His theories were boring to listen to and impossible to execute.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • She was boring right into me with her eyes, and very indignant.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • I suppose poor relations are boring if you're well-off yourself.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • She was getting tired of the boring monotony of her present life.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • What a fearful thing, something was boring away like a mole!

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for boring

boring1

noun
    1. the act or process of making or enlarging a hole
    2. the hole made in this way
  1. (often plural) a fragment, particle, chip, etc, produced during boring
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boring2

adjective
  1. dull; repetitious; uninteresting
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Derived Formsboringly, adverb

bore1

verb
  1. to produce (a hole) in (a material) by use of a drill, auger, or other cutting tool
  2. to increase the diameter of (a hole), as by an internal turning operation on a lathe or similar machine
  3. (tr) to produce (a hole in the ground, tunnel, mine shaft, etc) by digging, drilling, cutting, etc
  4. (intr) informal (of a horse or athlete in a race) to push other competitors, esp in order to try to get them out of the way
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noun
  1. a hole or tunnel in the ground, esp one drilled in search of minerals, oil, etc
    1. a circular hole in a material produced by drilling, turning, or drawing
    2. the diameter of such a hole
    1. the hollow part of a tube or cylinder, esp of a gun barrel
    2. the diameter of such a hollow part; calibre
  2. Australian an artesian well
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Word Origin

Old English borian; related to Old Norse bora, Old High German borōn to bore, Latin forāre to pierce, Greek pharos ploughing, phárunx pharynx

bore2

verb
  1. (tr) to tire or make weary by being dull, repetitious, or uninteresting
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noun
  1. a dull, repetitious, or uninteresting person, activity, or state
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Derived Formsbored, adjective

Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin

bore3

noun
  1. a high steep-fronted wave moving up a narrow estuary, caused by the tide
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Word Origin

C17: from Old Norse bāra wave, billow

bore4

verb
  1. the past tense of bear 1
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Word Origin and History for boring

adj.

mid-15c., "action of piercing," from bore (v.). From 1853 in reference to animals that bore; 1840 in the sense "wearying, causing ennui."

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bore

v.1

Old English borian "to bore through, perforate," from bor "auger," from Proto-Germanic *buron (cf. Old Norse bora, Swedish borra, Old High German boron, Middle Dutch boren, German bohren), from PIE root *bher- (2) "to cut with a sharp point, pierce, bore" (cf. Greek pharao "I plow," Latin forare "to bore, pierce," Old Church Slavonic barjo "to strike, fight," Albanian brime "hole").

The meaning "diameter of a tube" is first recorded 1570s; hence figurative slang full bore (1936) "at maximum speed," from notion of unchoked carburetor on an engine. Sense of "be tiresome or dull" first attested 1768, a vogue word c.1780-81 according to Grose; possibly a figurative extension of "to move forward slowly and persistently," as a boring tool does.

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bore

v.2

past tense of bear (v.).

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bore

n.

thing which causes ennui or annoyance, 1778; of persons by 1812; from bore (v.1).

The secret of being a bore is to tell everything. [Voltaire, "Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme," 1738]
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boring in Science

bore

[bôr]
  1. In fluid mechanics, a jump in the level of moving water, generally propagating in the opposite direction to the current. Strong ocean tides can cause bores to propagate up rivers.
    1. The white, shallow portion of a wave after it breaks. The bore carries ocean water onto the beach.
    2. A tidal wave caused by the surge of a flood tide upstream in a narrowing estuary or by colliding tidal currents.
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