bore·​hole | \ ˈbȯr-ˌhōl How to pronounce borehole (audio) \

Definition of borehole

: a hole bored or drilled in the earth: such as
a : an exploratory well
b chiefly British : a small-diameter well drilled especially to obtain water

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The city government has been drilling extra boreholes and sending water tankers to parched neighbourhoods. The Economist, "Politics this week," 22 June 2019 That basic process involves drilling a borehole into the ground, first vertically and then horizontally along a layer of shale. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, "The Midwestern Sand Mines Feeding the Fracking Industry," 26 Apr. 2019 The Japanese vessel Chikyu was instrumental in helping researchers construct boreholes and mines some three miles deep. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Vast Ecosystem of Underground Organisms Holds More Life Than Earth's Oceans," 11 Dec. 2018 To find out, this program, a collaboration between New Zealand universities, drilled a 300-meter-deep borehole into the ice shelf and sent a camera down there to see what's up. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Mesmerizing Descent Down a 300-Meter Antarctic Borehole," 4 Feb. 2018 Hwange, the country’s largest national park, is also one of Africa’s most abundant (thanks to the 70 boreholes drilled in the 1920s that guarantee water year-round). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Yet few visitors would know that all the water in their taps comes from boreholes sunk into aquifers – underground reservoirs of freshwater that are also used by residents, businesses, and agriculture. Isaiah Esipisu, The Christian Science Monitor, "In sustainability search, Kenya studies the unknown depths of its aquifers," 2 July 2018 The facility consists of 86 cables, which nestle within boreholes that extend about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) into the Antarctic ice. Mike Wall, NBC News, "High-energy 'ghost particle' traced to distant galaxy in astronomy breakthrough," 12 July 2018 As a result, households and companies are sinking boreholes. Isaiah Esipisu, The Christian Science Monitor, "In sustainability search, Kenya studies the unknown depths of its aquifers," 2 July 2018

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1708, in the meaning defined above

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