Definitions for: Bore

[n] (mining terms) a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes
[n] diameter of a tube or gun barrel
[n] a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
[n] a person who evokes boredom
[v] drill a hole into
[v] cause to be bored

Webster (1913) Definition: Bore, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bored; p. pr. & vb. n.
Boring.] [OE. borien, AS. borian; akin to Icel. bora, Dan.
bore, D. boren, OHG. por?n, G. bohren, L. forare, Gr. ? to
plow, Zend bar. [root]91.]
1. 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.

I'll believe as soon this whole earth may be bored.

2. 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.

Short but very powerful jaws, by means whereof the
insect can bore, as with a centerbit, a cylindrical
passage through the most solid wood. --T. W.

3. 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. ``What bustling crowds I
bored.'' --Gay.

4. To weary by tedious iteration or by dullness; to tire; to
trouble; to vex; to annoy; to pester.

He bores me with some trick. --Shak.

Used to come and bore me at rare intervals.

5. To befool; to trick. [Obs.]

I am abused, betrayed; I am laughed at, scorned,
Baffled and bored, it seems. --Beau. & Fl.

Bore, v. i.
1. 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).

2. 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.

3. To push forward in a certain direction with laborious

They take their flight . . . boring to the west.

4. (Man.) To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air; --
said of a horse. --Crabb.

Bore (b[=o]r), n.
1. A hole made by boring; a perforation.

2. The internal cylindrical cavity of a gun, cannon, pistol,
or other firearm, or of a pipe or tube.

The bores of wind instruments. --Bacon.

Love's counselor should fill the bores of hearing.

3. The size of a hole; the interior diameter of a tube or gun
barrel; the caliber.

4. A tool for making a hole by boring, as an auger.

5. Caliber; importance. [Obs.]

Yet are they much too light for the bore of the
matter. --Shak.

6. A person or thing that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a
tiresome person or affair; any person or thing which
causes ennui.

It is as great a bore as to hear a poet read his own
verses. --Hawthorne.

Bore, n. [Icel. b[=a]ra wave: cf. G. empor upwards, OHG.
bor height, burren to lift, perh. allied to AS. beran, E. 1st
bear. [root]92.] (Physical Geog.)
(a) 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.
(b) 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.

imp. of 1st & 2d Bear.

Synonyms: aegir, bore-hole, caliber, calibre, drill, drill hole, dullard, eager, eagre, tidal bore, tire

Antonyms: interest

See Also: counter-drill, cut, diam, diameter, disagreeable person, excavation, fuddy-duddy, gasbag, hole in the ground, nudnick, nudnik, platitudinarian, shot hole, stuffed shirt, tidal current, tidal flow, trepan, unpleasant person, windbag

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