- the act or process of making or enlarging a hole.
- the hole so made.
- Geology. a cylindrical sample of earth strata obtained by boring a vertical hole.
- borings, the chips, fragments, or dust produced in boring.
Origin of boring2
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Examples from the Web for borings
And they sunk these borings, at different spots' i' my land, and the result was splendid.The Root of All Evil
J. S. Fletcher
Care should be taken to avoid and eliminate all borings and chips from the sample.Soap-Making Manual
E. G. Thomssen
But it is not often that borings come to be made in river alluvia.The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight
J. Cecil Hughes
In the year 1850 borings were commenced in the mud deposit of the Nile.A Manual of the Antiquity of Man
J. P. MacLean
Borings at different places show the fen soil to vary in depth from 24ft.Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood
J. Conway Walter
- the act or process of making or enlarging a hole
- the hole made in this way
- (often plural) a fragment, particle, chip, etc, produced during boring
- dull; repetitious; uninteresting
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Word Origin and History for borings
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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