bore

verb (1)
\ˈbȯr \
bored; boring

Definition of bore 

(Entry 1 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : to pierce with a turning or twisting movement of a tool bore a wooden post

2 : to make by boring or digging away material bored a tunnel use a drill to bore a hole through the board

intransitive verb

1a : to make a hole by or as if by boring insects that bore into trees

b : to sink a mine shaft or well boring for oil

2 : to make one's way steadily especially against resistance We bored through the jostling crowd.

bore

noun (1)

Definition of bore (Entry 2 of 6)

1a : a usually cylindrical hole made by or as if by the turning or twisting movement of a tool : a hole made by or as if by boring (see bore entry 1)

b chiefly Australia and New Zealand : a borehole drilled especially to make an artesian well

2a : the long usually cylindrical hollow part of something (such as a tube or gun barrel)

b : the inner surface of a hollow cylindrical object

3 : the size of a bore: such as

a : the interior diameter of a gun barrel especially, chiefly British : gauge sense 1a(2) a .22 bore revolver

b : the diameter of an engine cylinder

bore

Definition of bore (Entry 3 of 6)

past tense of bear

bore

noun (2)

Definition of bore (Entry 4 of 6)

: a tidal flood with a high abrupt front a dangerous bore at the mouth of the Amazon

bore

noun (3)

Definition of bore (Entry 5 of 6)

: one that causes weariness and restlessness through lack of interest : one that causes boredom: such as

a : a dull or tiresome person His friends are a bunch of bores.

b : something that is devoid of interest The lecture was a total bore.

bore

verb
bored; boring

Definition of bore (Entry 6 of 6)

transitive verb

: to cause to feel weariness and restlessness through lack of interest : to cause to feel boredom trying not to bore your audience got bored by the party and left

First Known Use of bore

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1601, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1766, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1768, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bore

Verb (1)

Middle English boren, going back to Old English borian, going back to Germanic *bur-ō- (whence Old High German borōn "to pierce," Old Norse bora), probably verbal derivative of a noun base bur- "tool for piercing" (whence Old English bor "chiseling instrument," Old High German bora); akin to Latin forāre "to bore," ferīre to strike"

Noun (1)

Middle English, "hole, perforation," in part noun derivative of boren "to bore entry 1," in part borrowed from Old Norse bora "borehole," derivative of bora "to bore"

Noun (2)

Middle English *bore wave, from Old Norse bāra

Noun (3)

of uncertain origin

Note: Plausibly a derivative of the verb bore entry 6, if this was a sense development of bore entry 1 ("to drill, wear at" > "to induce ennui"); however, the noun, a vogue word among London political and cultural figures in the 1760's, appears to predate the verb.

Verb

perhaps verbal derivative of bore entry 5 if the noun is earlier

Note: See note at bore entry 5.

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bore

verb
\ˈbȯr \
bored; boring

Kids Definition of bore

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : to make a hole in especially with a drill bore a piece of wood

2 : to make by piercing or drilling bore a hole

Other Words from bore

borer noun

bore

noun

Kids Definition of bore (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : a hole made by boring

2 : a space (as in a gun barrel) shaped like a cylinder

3 : the diameter of a hole or cylinder

bore

Kids Definition of bore (Entry 3 of 5)

past tense of bear

bore

noun

Kids Definition of bore (Entry 4 of 5)

: an uninteresting person or thing

bore

verb
bored; boring

Kids Definition of bore (Entry 5 of 5)

: to make tired and restless by being uninteresting This long-winded story bores me.

bore

Medical Definition of bore 

(Entry 1 of 2)

past of bear

bore

noun
\ˈbō(ə)r, ˈbȯ(ə)r \

Medical Definition of bore (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the long usually cylindrical hollow part of something (as a tube or artery)

2 : the internal diameter of a tube (as a hypodermic needle, catheter, or sound) a small-bore catheter

bore

Legal Definition of bore 

past of bear

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