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[bawr-ing, bohr-]
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  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 boring

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

drilling, boring, pitting, burrowing, quarrying, tapping, digging, prospecting

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Historical Examples of 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.

  • In the year 1850 borings were commenced in the mud deposit of the Nile.

  • Borings at different places show the fen soil to vary in depth from 24ft.

British Dictionary definitions for borings


    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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  1. dull; repetitious; uninteresting
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Derived Formsboringly, adverb
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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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