Definition and Meanings for bore

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Bore is ranked 13,452 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of bore

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of bore

oe. borien, as. borian; akin to icel. bora, dan. bore, d. boren, ohg. por, g. bohren, l. forare, gr. to plow, zend bar. root91 icel. b wave: cf. g. empor upwards, ohg. bor height, burren to lift, perh. allied to as. beran, e. 1st bear. root92

Meaning of bore


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to perforate or penetrate, as a solid body, by turning an auger, gimlet, drill, or other instrument; to make a round hole in or through; to pierce; as, to bore a plank.
  • to form or enlarge by means of a boring instrument or apparatus; as, to bore a steam cylinder or a gun barrel; to bore a hole.
  • to make (a passage) by laborious effort, as in boring; as, to bore one's way through a crowd; to force a narrow and difficult passage through.
  • to weary by tedious iteration or by dullness; to tire; to trouble; to vex; to annoy; to pester.
  • to befool; to trick.

as intransitive verb

  • to make a hole or perforation with, or as with, a boring instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of a tool; as, to bore for water or oil (i. e., to sink a well by boring for water or oil); to bore with a gimlet; to bore into a tree (as insects).
  • to be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as it turns; as, this timber does not bore well, or is hard to bore.
  • to push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort.
  • to shoot out the nose or toss it in the air; -- said of a horse.

as noun

  • a hole made by boring; a perforation.
  • the internal cylindrical cavity of a gun, cannon, pistol, or other firearm, or of a pipe or tube.
  • the size of a hole; the interior diameter of a tube or gun barrel; the caliber.
  • a tool for making a hole by boring, as an auger.
  • caliber; importance.
  • a person or thing that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome person or affair; any person or thing which causes ennui.

as noun

  • a tidal flood which regularly or occasionally rushes into certain rivers of peculiar configuration or location, in one or more waves which present a very abrupt front of considerable height, dangerous to shipping, as at the mouth of the amazon, in south america, the hoogly and indus, in india, and the tsien-tang, in china.;less properly, a very high and rapid tidal flow, when not so abrupt, such as occurs at the bay of fundy and in the british channel.

as imperfect

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