bore

1 [bawr, bohr]
verb (used with object), bored, boring.
1.
to pierce (a solid substance) with some rotary cutting instrument.
2.
to make (a hole) by drilling with such an instrument.
3.
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.
4.
Machinery. to enlarge (a hole) to a precise diameter with a cutting tool within the hole, by rotating either the tool or the work.
5.
to force (an opening), as through a crowd, by persistent forward thrusting (usually followed by through or into ); to force or make (a passage).
verb (used without object), bored, boring.
6.
to make a hole in a solid substance with a rotary cutting instrument.
7.
Machinery. to enlarge a hole to a precise diameter.
8.
(of a substance) to admit of being bored: Certain types of steel do not bore well.
noun
9.
a hole made or enlarged by boring.
10.
the inside diameter of a hole, tube, or hollow cylindrical object or device, such as a bushing or bearing, engine cylinder, or barrel of a gun.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English borian; cognate with Old High German borōn, Old Norse bora, Latin forāre

boreable, borable, adjective

board, bored, committee, council, panel, trust (see synonym study at trust).


1. perforate, drill. 10. caliber.
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bore

2 [bawr, bohr]
verb (used with object), bored, boring.
1.
to weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc.: The long speech bored me.
noun
2.
a dull, tiresome, or uncongenial person.
3.
a cause of ennui or petty annoyance: repetitious tasks that are a bore to do.

Origin:
1760–70; of uncertain origin


1. fatigue, tire, annoy.


1. amuse; thrill, enrapture.

bore

4 [bawr, bohr]
verb
simple past tense of bear1.
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bore1 (bɔː)
 
vb
1.  to produce (a hole) in (a material) by use of a drill, auger, or other cutting tool
2.  to increase the diameter of (a hole), as by an internal turning operation on a lathe or similar machine
3.  (tr) to produce (a hole in the ground, tunnel, mine shaft, etc) by digging, drilling, cutting, etc
4.  informal (intr) (of a horse or athlete in a race) to push other competitors, esp in order to try to get them out of the way
 
n
5.  a hole or tunnel in the ground, esp one drilled in search of minerals, oil, etc
6.  a.  a circular hole in a material produced by drilling, turning, or drawing
 b.  the diameter of such a hole
7.  a.  the hollow part of a tube or cylinder, esp of a gun barrel
 b.  the diameter of such a hollow part; calibre
8.  (Austral) an artesian well
 
[Old English borian; related to Old Norse bora, Old High German borōn to bore, Latin forāre to pierce, Greek pharos ploughing, phárunxpharynx]

bore2 (bɔː)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to tire or make weary by being dull, repetitious, or uninteresting
 
n
2.  a dull, repetitious, or uninteresting person, activity, or state
 
[C18: of unknown origin]
 
bored2
 
adj

bore3 (bɔː)
 
n
a high steep-fronted wave moving up a narrow estuary, caused by the tide
 
[C17: from Old Norse bāra wave, billow]

bore4 (bɔː)
 
vb
the past tense of bear

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bore
O.E. borian "to bore through, perforate," from bor "auger," from P.Gmc. *buron (cf. O.N. bora, Swed. borra, O.H.G. boron, M.Du. boren, Ger. bohren), from PIE base *bher- (2) "to cut with a sharp point" (cf. Gk. pharao "I plow," L. forare "to bore, pierce," O.C.S. 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.
"The secret of being a bore is to tell everything." [Voltaire, "Sept Discours en Vers sur l'Homme," 1738]

bored
1823, from pp. of bore (v.).
Society is now one polished horde,
Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.
[Byron, "Don Juan," 1823]

bore
p.t. of bear (v.).
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bore   (bôr)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. 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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bear definition


  1. n.
    a difficult task. : This problem is a real bear.
  2. n.
    an ugly woman. (Derogatory.) : Tell the old bear to hold her tongue.
  3. n.
    a highway patrol officer. (See also Smokey (the Bear).) : There's a bear hiding under that bridge.
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Example sentences
Booksellers get bored going to the same venue year after year.
There is no reason why you should be bored when you can be otherwise.
When she was about 12, Diggins got bored one day and decided to see what her
  dad's expensive music equipment could do.
She looks fretful, nervous and discontented, bored by her own anemia.
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