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 In 2015, scientists from a Russian biology institute in Pushchino, a Soviet-era research cluster outside Moscow, extracted a sample of yedoma from a borehole in Yakutia. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 Confusion peaked when the team commanded the rover to take snapshots of its surrounding—including inside the borehole itself—and still failed to find the missing rock sample. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 12 Aug. 2021 Ground source heat pumps require space to either bury a pipe in a loop under a garden or dig a deep borehole. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 In older times people used the first borehole as fridge to store consequent cores in there. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 17 Aug. 2021 The image was taken on the mission's 165th Martian day, or sol, at night in order to reduce self-shadowing within the borehole that can occur during daylight imaging. Julia Musto, Fox News, 15 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of borehole

1708, in the meaning defined above

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“Borehole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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