bore·​hole ˈbȯr-ˌhōl How to pronounce borehole (audio)
: a hole bored or drilled in the earth: such as
: an exploratory well
chiefly British : a small-diameter well drilled especially to obtain water

Examples of borehole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dozens of boreholes were drilled into the ground at the site, once a pre-Hispanic city-state, revealing layers of artifacts from various societies. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 4 Apr. 2024 The wealthy, unable to rely on the municipality, are going off-grid; digging boreholes, buying water storage tanks and installing solar panels. Kate Bartlett, NPR, 1 Apr. 2024 Signs of this subterranean shuffling were also spotted inside the geothermal power plant’s boreholes. Robin George Andrews, Quanta Magazine, 20 Feb. 2024 In an effort to increase the amount of salt water in the wetlands, boreholes were drilled to access subterranean salt water and bring it to the surface. Bianca Nogrady, WIRED, 19 Mar. 2024 Early analyses also suggest that the small organic acid formate is present in the borehole water. Quanta Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 State officials ordered the company to immediately stop taking water for bottling from most of its water-collection tunnels and boreholes at 10 sites, but the order doesn’t cover three other boreholes that capture water. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Scientists saw that gas, and a change in pressure, within the boreholes — another indication that magma was on the move toward town. Robin George Andrews, Quanta Magazine, 20 Feb. 2024 Inside the drilling tent at Skytrain Ice Rise, scientists preparing the drill for its next drop into the borehole. Laura Paddison, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1708, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of borehole was in 1708

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“Borehole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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