boring

1 [bawr-ing, bohr-]
noun
1.
Machinery.
a.
the act or process of making or enlarging a hole.
b.
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:
1400–50; late Middle English; see bore1, -ing1

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boring

2 [bawr-ing, bohr-]
adjective
causing or marked by boredom: a boring discussion; to have a boring time.

Origin:
1835–45; bore2 + -ing2

boringly, adverb
boringness, noun


dull, tiresome, tedious.

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.

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

boring1 (ˈbɔːrɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a.  the act or process of making or enlarging a hole
 b.  the hole made in this way
2.  (often plural) a fragment, particle, chip, etc, produced during boring

boring2 (ˈbɔːrɪŋ)
 
adj
dull; repetitious; uninteresting
 
boringly2
 
adv

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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]

boring
mid-15c., "action of piercing," from bore (v.). From 1853 in reference to animals that bore; 1840 in the sense "wearying, causing ennui."

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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