boring

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[bawr-ing, bohr-]
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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.

Origin of boring

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

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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

boring

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adjective
  1. dull; repetitious; uninteresting
Derived Formsboringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for borings

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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