boring

2
[ bawr-ing, bohr- ]
/ ˈbɔr ɪŋ, ˈboʊr- /

noun

Machinery.
  1. the act or process of making or enlarging a hole.
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. boric,
  2. boric acid,
  3. boric oxide,
  4. boricua,
  5. boride,
  6. boring bar,
  7. boring machine,
  8. boring mill,
  9. boringly,
  10. boris

Origin of boring

2
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at bore2, -ing1

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British Dictionary definitions for borings

boring

1
/ (ˈbɔːrɪŋ) /

noun

  1. the act or process of making or enlarging a hole
  2. the hole made in this way
(often plural) a fragment, particle, chip, etc, produced during boring

boring

2
/ (ˈbɔːrɪŋ) /

adjective

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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