bore

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[bawr, bohr]
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verb (used with object), bored, bor·ing.

to weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc.: The long speech bored me.

noun

a dull, tiresome, or uncongenial person.
a cause of ennui or petty annoyance: repetitious tasks that are a bore to do.

Nearby words

  1. bordet,
  2. bordet, jules,
  3. bordet-gengou bacillus,
  4. bordetella,
  5. bordure,
  6. bore to death,
  7. boreal,
  8. borealis,
  9. boreas,
  10. borecole

Origin of bore

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First recorded in 1760–70; of uncertain origin

Can be confusedboar Boer boor boreboard boredboard bored committee council panel trust

bore

2
[bawr, bohr]

verb (used with object), bored, bor·ing.

to pierce (a solid substance) with some rotary cutting instrument.
to make (a hole) by drilling with such an instrument.
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.
Machinery. to enlarge (a hole) to a precise diameter with a cutting tool within the hole, by rotating either the tool or the work.
to force (an opening), as through a crowd, by persistent forward thrusting (usually followed by through or into); to force or make (a passage).

verb (used without object), bored, bor·ing.

to make a hole in a solid substance with a rotary cutting instrument.
Machinery. to enlarge a hole to a precise diameter.
(of a substance) to admit of being bored: Certain types of steel do not bore well.

noun

a hole made or enlarged by boring.
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.

Origin of bore

2
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

bore

4
[bawr, bohr]

verb

simple past tense of bear1.
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British Dictionary definitions for bored

bore

1

verb

to produce (a hole) in (a material) by use of a drill, auger, or other cutting tool
to increase the diameter of (a hole), as by an internal turning operation on a lathe or similar machine
(tr) to produce (a hole in the ground, tunnel, mine shaft, etc) by digging, drilling, cutting, etc
(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

noun

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
Australian an artesian well

Word Origin for bore

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

bore

2

verb

(tr) to tire or make weary by being dull, repetitious, or uninteresting

noun

a dull, repetitious, or uninteresting person, activity, or state
Derived Formsbored, adjective

Word Origin for bore

C18: of unknown origin

bore

3

noun

a high steep-fronted wave moving up a narrow estuary, caused by the tide

Word Origin for bore

C17: from Old Norse bāra wave, billow

bore

4

verb

the past tense of bear 1
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Word Origin and History for bored
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Science definitions for bored

bore

[bôr]

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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