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

Examples of borehole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The waste from these designs do not have a width or volume limitation, making packaging the waste to accommodate an optimal-size borehole or other repository types very easy. James Conca, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 The facility’s surface seismometer is now almost the equal of a detector buried in a borehole more than 300 feet underground that reliably picks up small quakes and quarry blasts.. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2020 In addition to the tankers’ over-exploitation of boreholes, the city is eating into its remaining forests, which feed the springs, while also sprawling over aquifer recharge areas. Peter Schwartzstein, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2020 Much of what’s happening is underground, obscured except for test wells and geologic samples drilled from boreholes. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, 23 Apr. 2020 Rosie’s Pan: This camera is located at a key watering hole that is replenished regularly through a borehole. Paula Froelich, Travel + Leisure, 7 Apr. 2020 Dozens of deep boreholes and springs have already been exhausted. Peter Schwartzstein, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2020 The Venelle-2 well is one of many boreholes that puncture the landscape of the Larderello-Travale geothermal field in central Italy, the same spot where the Earth’s heat was first used to generate electricity. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 13 Feb. 2020 With the help of donors, Nkuraiya gathers water in a borehole, a small-diameter well. Erika W. Smith,, 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of borehole

1708, in the meaning defined above

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“Borehole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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