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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Some of the options are fairly well-known, such as reviving a controversial site in Nevada, while others are more obscure, such as a proposal to send the waste down deep boreholes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Where could the nuclear waste at San Onofre go? It’s not an easy question to answer," 27 July 2019 Some of the options are fairly well known, such as reviving a controversial site in Nevada, while others are more obscure, such as a proposal to send the waste down deep boreholes. Rob Nikolewski, Los Angeles Times, "Finding a repository for San Onofre plant’s nuclear waste is a difficult task," 27 July 2019 Children fetch water from a community borehole in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Wednesday.(AP) The government is struggling to find the foreign currency to import power and even import chemicals to treat drinking water. Farai Mutsaka, Los Angeles Times, "Zimbabweans say their economy is worse than ever: ‘This is hell’," 25 July 2019 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

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1708, in the meaning defined above

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