bore

3
[ bawr, bohr ]
/ bɔr, boʊr /

noun

an abrupt rise of tidal water moving rapidly inland from the mouth of an estuary.

Origin of bore

3
1275–1325; Middle English bare < Old Norse bāra wave
Also called tidal bore.
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British Dictionary definitions for tidal bore (1 of 5)

tidal bore


noun

another term for bore 3

British Dictionary definitions for tidal bore (2 of 5)

bore

1
/ (bɔː) /

verb

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for tidal bore (3 of 5)

bore

2
/ (bɔː) /

verb

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

noun

a dull, repetitious, or uninteresting person, activity, or state

Derived Forms

bored, adjective

Word Origin for bore

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for tidal bore (4 of 5)

bore

3
/ (bɔː) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for tidal bore (5 of 5)

bore

4
/ (bɔː) /

verb

the past tense of bear 1
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Science definitions for tidal bore

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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