- causing or marked by boredom: a boring discussion; to have a boring time.
Origin of boring1
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- 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
- to weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc.: The long speech bored me.
- a dull, tiresome, or uncongenial person.
- a cause of ennui or petty annoyance: repetitious tasks that are a bore to do.
Origin of bore1
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- 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).
- 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.
Origin of bore2
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- simple past tense of bear1.
Examples from the Web for boring
So we know that boring down to the bedrock and pumping it full of fluid can cause earthquakes.26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas
January 7, 2015
Both are stale and boring, and whichever one you end up having in the end is still unpleasant.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
Which to me, after the initial explosion of the Sex Pistols, always made Rotten kind of boring.The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten: His Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm
November 20, 2014
Fairchild considers herself a pragmatic liberal—a registered Democrat and “kind of a boring moderate.”Morgan Fairchild: Badass Foreign Policy Wonk
October 20, 2014
One tune would be like an hour or two hours, and he would not repeat himself, and it would not be boring….The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
His theories were boring to listen to and impossible to execute.My Double Life
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
What a fearful thing, something was boring away like a mole!
She was getting tired of the boring monotony of her present life.
- 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
- 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
- a hole or tunnel in the ground, esp one drilled in search of minerals, oil, etc
- a circular hole in a material produced by drilling, turning, or drawing
- the diameter of such a hole
- the hollow part of a tube or cylinder, esp of a gun barrel
- the diameter of such a hollow part; calibre
- Australian an artesian well
- (tr) to tire or make weary by being dull, repetitious, or uninteresting
- a dull, repetitious, or uninteresting person, activity, or state
- a high steep-fronted wave moving up a narrow estuary, caused by the tide
- the past tense of bear 1
Word Origin and History for boring
mid-15c., "action of piercing," from bore (v.). From 1853 in reference to animals that bore; 1840 in the sense "wearying, causing ennui."
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.
past tense of bear (v.).
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]
- 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.
- The white, shallow portion of a wave after it breaks. The bore carries ocean water onto the beach.
- A tidal wave caused by the surge of a flood tide upstream in a narrowing estuary or by colliding tidal currents.