Main definitions of bore in English

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bore1

verb

  • 1with object Make (a hole) in something with a tool or by digging.

    ‘bore a hole in the wall to pass the cable through’
    no object ‘the drill can bore through rock’
    figurative ‘his eyes bored into hers’
    • ‘Your theory is that it might have been a whistleblower on the staff who did not break and enter the premises, was lawfully on the premises, but bored a hole, which you say may or may not be a break and enter.’
    • ‘Anything—a drill or any other digging tool—that is not secured by a strong anchor into the surface may just be pushed away before the drill actually bores a hole.’
    • ‘Pipis have to keep an eye out for Didymus, who wants to bore a hole in their shell using both an implement and some acid.’
    • ‘He was staring at a tree that the rock had bored a hole through.’
    • ‘Two years ago Christopher had a pallidotomy, where a hole was bored in his skull and brain cells were cauterised.’
    • ‘A restoration company removed all the carpets in the single-story, ranch-style home, and holes were bored to dry out the walls.’
    • ‘It bores a hole through armor with so much energy, because it is so heavy, that it spews inside the tank or armored personnel carrier all kinds of bits and pieces of that armor in a ‘spalling’ or shotgun effect.’
    • ‘To give a more vivid demonstration of the accuracy of his painting, he bored a small hole in the panel with the baptistery painting at the vanishing point.’
    • ‘A hole was bored through the shell of a large surf clam and a thick rope passed through it.’
    • ‘In the cooler confectionery room Jay bored holes into oranges with a root-cutter.’
    • ‘He has a story for each tool he demonstrates, be it a drill that bores square holes or a spill plane.’
    • ‘They ripped out the palace walls to lay electrical wiring, and they bored holes for the aerial cables.’
    • ‘Just below it, an eight-inch hole was bored through the door and a ventilation fan installed.’
    • ‘It was said that the train bored a hole in the mountain's stomach and rushed through it.’
    • ‘Your teacher will now help you, by inventing some contraption of hot bits of coat-hanger wire, to bore deep holes up from the base of the candle.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the head was attached to his body, which as a unit had rented the apartment under hers and had bored a hole in the ceiling for stalking purposes.’
    • ‘It bored two drill holes within the licence area but some distance from the Rob Roy field, hoping to find oil which would have been in a new field, but without success.’
    • ‘It bored four holes from the top of the hill to its base to allow sensitive recording equipment to be lowered inside the mound to provide a 3D image of the hill.’
    • ‘I always thought it was like neutron star material—it would bore a hole completely through you if you got in contact with it.’
    • ‘Feric adapted a drill so that it could bore two holes allowing the probe to seat.’
    drill, pierce, perforate, puncture, punch, cut
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    1. 1.1 Hollow out (a gun barrel or other tube)
      ‘an 1100 cc road bike bored out to 1168 cc’
      • ‘They used a microchip etching process to bore channels just 20 micrometres wide.’
      • ‘When it arrived, I discovered that every other chamber was bored wrong and would not accept a round.’
      • ‘It should do well in traditionally bored barrels and less so in over-bored barrels.’
      • ‘Preparations were made to use a 50 million baht budget to bore pipes to drain off the water into the sea.’
      • ‘The barrel is bored out and threaded at breech and muzzle to accept a 17-cal. barrel liner.’
      • ‘The cork is moved up and down on the rotating mandrel to get the cork bored out to the correct size.’
      • ‘The barrel is cut off just behind the integral front sight boss and the cut off sight with integral boss is bored out and press fit over the shortened barrel's muzzle.’
  • 2no object (of an athlete or racehorse) push another competitor out of the way.

    • ‘As the frontrunners sprinted home, Miller's horse bore out just enough to allow Brickell to fit between.’
    • ‘That's it: a comfortable victory for Chelsea, against a Porto side who are a shadow of the side that bored all before them last season.’
    • ‘Keane's mastery of the holding role in midfield gave the Reds the chance to go out and attack Olympiakos, contradicting the notion that they will have to bore in order to succeed.’
    • ‘The accident occurred when another horse bore out badly on the first turn, causing Lavoy’s mount to clip heels and fall.’
    • ‘"Once we caught up with Keyed Entry, that horse bore out really badly and took us out of the race."’

noun

  • 1The hollow part inside a gun barrel or other tube.

    • ‘Woodwind instrument bores were redesigned to extend their range and improve their tone-quality.’
    • ‘Most of the accidents I've seen involve a simple bulged barrel due to shooting with an obstruction in the bore.’
    • ‘The Ithaca company did the most extensive development of shotgun slug barrels a number of years ago, and concluded the best accuracy was obtained from cylinder-choked barrels with highly polished bores.’
    • ‘Plus, the perfect bore of the new barrel would assure topnotch accuracy.’
    • ‘In addition the barrel bore is hardchrome plated for resistance to corrosion.’
    • ‘The inside bore might be 12 in, but the barrels are well over a metre in diameter at the base.’
    • ‘The reasoning behind this is that the bores of even the finest match barrels, no matter how smooth they appear, contain surface pores that need to be carefully filled with jacket material.’
    • ‘The oboe, with its narrower bore, redesigned reed, and more refined sound, was developed in France during the mid-17th century.’
    • ‘The bore of the Browning barrel was mirror smooth from one end to the other.’
    • ‘Put the gel on a brass or bristle brush and the inside of the bore is quickly coated with the cleaner, which stays in place without running.’
    • ‘The first thing after playing is to mop through the bore of an instrument with one of several special devices that prevent the build-up of humidity.’
    • ‘Pistol or revolver barrels sometimes have a small ring in the bore caused by getting a bullet stuck and then shooting again.’
    • ‘Cylinder alignment is checked by running a special tool called a range rod through the bore and into the cylinder throat.’
    • ‘To get a revolver to shoot heart-shaped groups involves a complex relationship of bullets to throats to barrel bores and crowns.’
    • ‘The first, made in 1976, is a vertical cardboard tube surmounted by another with a smaller bore.’
    • ‘Gun-action was wonderful to watch, but best from a distance, because on three occasions a wire-bound barrel burst when water entered the bore before firing.’
    • ‘Being parallel to the bore, the rails offered a mounting solution that aimed the light perfectly.’
    • ‘By that time, the dissolving wad residue should make the bore look like the inside of a brick chimney.’
    • ‘Barrels have ventilated ribs, hard-chromed bores, interchangeable choke tubes (three provided) and lengthened forcing cones to reduce recoil.’
    • ‘Even a small amount of snow, mud, excess lubricant, or grease in the bore can dangerously increase pressure and cause the barrel to bulge or burst when firing.’
    • ‘This is a local narrowing of the bore of the tube.’
    1. 1.1often in combination The diameter of a bore; the calibre.
      ‘a small-bore rifle’
      • ‘In patients recovering from a stroke who need feeding, a fine bore, soft feeding tube can be passed down under radiological guidance.’
      • ‘It is also available as a shotgun in 12 and 20 gauge, and .410 bore.’
      • ‘Two 0.315 bore country-made pistols and two cartridges each were recovered.’
      • ‘At some point he armed himself with a 12-bore pump action shotgun which was capable of holding up to 5 cartridges, and loaded the gun.’
      • ‘The 12-bore shotgun was taken during the break-in at the house on March 30.’
      • ‘The traditional .22 rifle has been replaced by a choice of Browning automatic handgun or sawn-off 12 bore shotgun.’
      • ‘In its shotgun line, it has added a 28 gauge and .410 bore to its series.’
      • ‘Let's just say a 12-bore is a noisy weapon in a confined space.’
      • ‘It can serve as a shotgun, an accurate big bore rifle, a handgun, and even as a flare gun.’
      • ‘The secret, they say, is to pull the trigger of the 12-bore shotgun the instant the bird is spotted.’
      • ‘Called simply Big-Bore Handguns it has to do with, you guessed it, big bore handguns—which are near and dear to his heart.’
      • ‘Both are very large, stainless-steel, semi-auto big bore handguns.’
      • ‘Gastric lavage should be performed with a large bore orogastric tube.’
      • ‘One of the hunters crouched in the bow with a 12 - bore shotgun ready to bring down one of the mallard or teal that flew up at our approach.’
      • ‘He retreated to bed, lying in the foetal position for hours before heading off to the woods at the back of his house with his 20-bore shotgun.’
      • ‘He has spoken honestly about the damage a lifetime of shooting big bore handguns has done to his body.’
      • ‘He allegedly claimed he had a 12-bore shotgun and threatened officers, a bailiff and officials after they turned up to throw him out.’
      • ‘In recent days, they have been peppered with them as if they were buckshot from a 12-bore.’
      • ‘Only around 10 centimetres in diameter, the clay pigeon is shot at with 12-bore shotguns.’
      • ‘The most popular caliber seems to be the 54-bore or about .45 caliber.’
      calibre, diameter, gauge
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    2. 1.2in combination A gun of a specified bore.
      ‘he shot a guard in the leg with a twelve-bore’
  • 2

    short for borehole
    • ‘The chairman, Senator Moylan, proposed that the board carry out some test bores to establish that ground conditions are favourable for construction work.’
    • ‘It was taken to Ilam to pump water for domestic supply from an artesian bore near the water wheel to a water tank on a tower beside the homestead.’
    • ‘The firm wanted to eliminate building mandatory escape cross tunnels between bores, a job requiring tricky ground freezing, says Harnois.’
    • ‘Last summer BT began legal action in the US against six companies concerning patents for blowing fibre optic cables down bores and conduits.’
    • ‘Despite all the difficulties the two ends of the tunnel bore met as planned in 1916.’
    • ‘The debris including the bags and the timber was obstructing a good two-thirds of the bore of the culvert.’
    • ‘Lighting control panels are being installed in the portal equipment rooms, in niches along the length of the tunnel, and in the passageways connecting the bores.’
    borehole, hole, well, shaft, pit, passage, tunnel
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Origin

Old English borian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German bohren.

Pronunciation

bore

/bɔː/

Main definitions of bore in English

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bore2

noun

  • 1A person whose talk or behaviour is dull and uninteresting.

    ‘he can be a crashing bore’
    • ‘When there, I risked being a real bore by showing some Bowie video clips while we ate and got through two bottles of appallingly horrible wine.’
    • ‘Those who have a nice car and go to a club are usually a bore.’
    • ‘She sings like a bore, acts like a bore, is a bore.’
    • ‘The days of desperately trying to escape the clutches of some crashing bore in the corner of a nightclub are long gone.’
    • ‘You always were a headache and you always were a bore.’
    • ‘Earl is so enmeshed in his youngest son's identity that he becomes a bore.’
    • ‘I've already lost the will to live, so taking out a few geeky bores really won't trouble me one bit.’
    • ‘Give him a gun and a hot little sports car, and he's a bore just the same.’
    • ‘She on the other hand is a complete washout and a complete bore.’
    • ‘Yes, Matt can sometimes be a bore, but he usually knows when he is boring, and this lends complexity to his character as the series develops.’
    • ‘Robert Crumb he isn't, but that's too bad because watching this obnoxious bore becomes tedious long before the film's 77 minutes run out.’
    • ‘At a deeper level, it seems to me that he is a world-class crashing bore.’
    • ‘At the risk of being a complete bore I feel a strong urge to recount our recent experience as a babysitting tag-team.’
    • ‘I think he has simply demonstrated once again why he has become such a crashing bore.’
    • ‘It seemed every woman he went out with was a dud, a bore or just plain stupid.’
    • ‘But she became too demanding and, if never a bore, tedious and peremptory in her behaviour.’
    • ‘The woman who at first so impressed you now seems like a bore who won't let anyone else get a word in edgewise.’
    • ‘Sure, he's likable, but he's a bore.’
    • ‘The film's main character, Mr. Hundert, might or might not be a great teacher (in any case, the film thinks he is), but he's a bore.’
    tedious thing, tiresome thing, nuisance, bother, pest, annoyance, trial, vexation, thorn in one's flesh
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    1. 1.1in singular A tedious or annoying situation or activity.
      ‘it's such a bore cooking when one's alone’
      • ‘The course can sometimes be a bore but I find the major subjects quite interesting.’
      • ‘The rest of the school day was a bore, so I won't bother going into detail about it.’
      • ‘While in this day of $1 billion building buys, $60 million seems like a bore, this transaction is eye-catching for a couple of reasons.’
      • ‘Too bad attending them can be a complete and utter bore.’
      • ‘But life itself becomes a bore, a drudge, a grind.’
      • ‘Monotony soon becomes a bore to anyone, so the music teacher should guard against the class period becoming mere routine.’
      • ‘Will's columns can sometimes be a bore, ripping a social healthcare program here and our educational system's shortcomings there.’
      • ‘I seem to have these spurts of wanting to update everything that's going on and then times when life seems like a bore or a little to overwhelming to update about.’
      • ‘With all of the reality shows that make TV watching a complete bore, I was glad to finally see something new, fresh, absorbing and entertaining.’
      • ‘It's a chore and a bore and it makes me sore not to mention poor!’
      • ‘My enthusiasm was gone; everything became a bore, a chore, a nightmare.’
      • ‘It's like reading the same book over and over again: it becomes a bore.’
      • ‘What is it about household work that makes people regard it as an utter bore?’
      • ‘Instead, it's a tedious and meretricious bore, and those are the worst kind.’
      • ‘That notion of filmmaking seemed like a bore then and seems like a bore now.’
      • ‘Quite simply, the film is a bore.’
      • ‘Levels are well planned out, and the fighting, which can sometimes be a bore, is one of the best things about this game.’
      tedious thing, tiresome thing, nuisance, bother, pest, annoyance, trial, vexation, thorn in one's flesh
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Cause (someone) to feel weary and uninterested by dull talk or behaviour.

    ‘she is too polite to bore us with anecdotes’
    with object and complement ‘timid women quickly bore her silly’
    • ‘The story went that their daughter was bored silly after a couple of days at the resort and cried to get back home to her friends.’
    • ‘As a sociological experiment, I'm not sure what this showed, other than that I was really bored and sometimes do silly things.’
    • ‘It's a pretty good story, actually, though I get bored by cards very quickly.’
    • ‘Cancer and Virgo would both find it hard to cope with your aloofness, whilst Aries would quickly bore you once the superficial attraction had passed.’
    • ‘I was bored, and those silly ninnies you call scullery maids are no fun at all.’
    • ‘Consequently, when I first worked with David at the Royal Court on his play Under the Blue Sky, I probably bored him silly about this film.’
    • ‘It made no sense and I was bored silly, just waiting for it to end so we could get on with the scheduled video.’
    • ‘He became quickly bored by their talk.’
    • ‘It was a personal experience and would probably bore you silly and I don't want to leave you in charge of a computer whilst you're asleep.’
    • ‘I've ranted merrily about this in the past, and regular readers are doubtless bored silly by my views.’
    • ‘Whenever a person tries to bore you with endless talk on dull topics and unrelated ones, silence him to encore again by inserting cotton into your ears or listening to songs from a walkman.’
    • ‘She was rather bored with her life in a small town in East Anglia and there and then decided to sell her house and join her son in New Zealand.’
    • ‘Of course, it should be known that the scene will bore me quickly.’
    • ‘His education hasn't started yet, so he has some kind of notion that life could be more interesting, but no idea of how, and meanwhile he is rather bored.’
    • ‘I'll give it a go next week, but imagine that this will quickly bore me.’
    • ‘I can't put my finger on a single reason but I am rather bored of the whole media bias trip that so many US bloggers are on as well the shouty style adopted.’
    • ‘Even if it can't kill you, too much niceness can still bore you silly.’
    • ‘Oh please, Damion, your insults are so dull it bores me.’
    • ‘For the same reason detailed descriptions of food rather bore me: either be there, doing it, having it, eating it, or get a life.’
    • ‘Both quickly bored me, although one generated views realistic enough to cause car sickness.’
    be tedious to, pall on, stultify, stupefy, weary, tire, fatigue, send to sleep, exhaust, wear out, leave cold
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Phrases

  • bore someone to death (or to tears)

    • Make someone feel extremely bored.

      ‘he would bore everyone to death with tales about his wonderful daughter’
      • ‘Many of our old friends have admitted that since the war they have found it hard to settle down to the old routine and that there are often times when they are bored to tears.’
      • ‘It's about getting you from here to there without scaring you to death, boring you to tears, or intimidating your socks off.’
      • ‘That way you can skip stuff that bores you to tears and get straight to the meaty heart of my writerly goodness.’
      • ‘I don't like doing it, it bores me to tears, and the money, which is good, still isn't worth the time it takes.’
      • ‘American politics—at least the election cycle—bores me to tears.’
      • ‘I've logged on and tried a couple of chat rooms but they were boring me to tears.’
      • ‘The most relevant fact about reporters on that plane is that they are bored to death.’
      • ‘How do you extol the value of hard work and personal sacrifice to today's kids without boring them to tears?’
      • ‘And lately most of my arguments have been with like-minded friends, and this bores me to tears.’
      • ‘If you find that your job is boring you to death or you find a better opportunity, you can quit your job and change with no problems.’
      • ‘Please, you're boring me to tears here: wrap that ring in a performing pigeon and maybe we'll have a deal.’
      • ‘The children might not learn very much, and they might be bored to tears, but at least they would be safe.’
      • ‘I've purposely stayed away from reading much about postmodern theory, and most everything I have read just bored me to tears.’
      • ‘So, have I bored you to tears yet, with all this talk about weather?’
      • ‘He talked a lot about how the money markets work, but kept checking that he wasn't boring me to death.’
      • ‘‘If we were bored to death, honestly I don't think we would do it,’ he said.’
      • ‘If all of you have not been bored to death and fallen asleep on the keyboard by now, I really do admire your resilience.’
      • ‘She is really a nice lady and I know she is bored to death.’
      • ‘I guess I've avoided this hot topic until now mostly because it bores me to tears.’
      • ‘And despite the fact I have seen many wonders, the likes of which you can only dream about, I'll not be boring you to death with them.’

Origin

Mid 18th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bore

/bɔː/

Main definitions of bore in English

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bore3

noun

  • A steep-fronted wave caused by the meeting of two tides or by the constriction of a tide rushing up a narrow estuary.

    • ‘The Severn Bore is one of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena.’
    • ‘On the Shubenacadie River, the tidal bore and rapidly rising tide results in extremely turbulent waters.’
    • ‘The longtime Brazilian bore aficionado achieved an unbelievable record of surfing non-stop for 10.1 km (6.3 miles) down Brazil's famous river bore wave, called the Pororoca.’
    • ‘The bore corresponds to a tidal wave that appears at the same time that the tide comes up.’
    • ‘The largest bores occur on 25 days a year, in the morning and evening, with biggest bores on tides over 32’.’
    • ‘Experiments in a laboratory wave tank show that interactions between bores refracted by a prowlike beach can produce jets in which the velocity is nearly twice the bore's phase speed.’

Origin

Early 17th century: perhaps from Old Norse bára ‘wave’; the term was used in the general sense ‘billow, wave’ in Middle English.

Pronunciation

bore

/bɔː/

Main definitions of bore in English

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bore4

Pronunciation

bore

/bɔː/