- The definition of a bore is something or someone dull and uninteresting.
An example of bore is a person who only ever wants to talk about his pet iguana and nothing else.
- To bore is defined as to drill holes in something or make a hole in something.
An example of bore is when you use a drill to make a whole in your cabinet door for the knob to go in.
A person bores a hole in a cabinet door.
transitive verbbored, boring
- to make a hole in or through with a drill or other rotating tool
- to make (a hole, tunnel, well, etc.) by or as by drilling
- to force (one's way), as through a crowd
- to weary by being dull, uninteresting, or monotonous
Origin of boreMiddle English boren ; from Old English borian, to bore ; from bor, auger ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bher-, to cut with a sharp point from source Classical Greek an unverified form pharein, to split, Classical Latin forare, to bore, ferire, to cut, kill
- to bore a hole or passage
- to be drilled by a tool: soft materials bore easily
- to move forward slowly but steadily, as if by boring
- to become weary and disinterested
- a hole made by or as by boring
- the hollow part inside a tube, pipe, or cylinder, as of a gun barrel
- the inside diameter of such a hollow part; gauge; caliber
- a tiresome, dull person or thing
Origin of boreME < the v.; also < ON bora, a hole
Origin of boreMiddle English bare, a wave ; from Old Norse bara, a billow ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhoros ; from base an unverified form bher- from source bear
verbbored bored, bor·ing, bores
- To make a hole in or through, with or as if with a drill.
- To form (a tunnel, for example) by drilling, digging, or burrowing.
- To make a hole in or through something with or as if with a drill: “three types of protein that enable the cells to bore in and out of blood vessels” (Elisabeth Rosenthal).
- To proceed or advance steadily or laboriously: a destroyer boring through heavy seas.
- A hole or passage made by or as if by use of a drill.
- A hollow, usually cylindrical chamber or barrel, as of a firearm.
- The interior diameter of a hole, tube, or cylinder.
- The caliber of a firearm.
- A drilling tool.
Origin of boreMiddle English boren, from Old English borian.
transitive verbbored bored, bor·ing, bores
Origin of boreOrigin unknown.
Origin of boreMiddle English bare, wave, from Old Norse bāra; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present bores, present participle boring, simple past and past participle bored)
- To make a hole through something.
- I'll believe as soon this whole earth may be bored.
- (intransitive) To make a hole with, or as if with, a boring instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of a tool.
- to bore for water or oil
- An insect bores into a tree.
- To form or enlarge (something) by means of a boring instrument or apparatus.
- to bore a steam cylinder or a gun barrel; to bore a hole
- To make (a passage) by laborious effort, as in boring; to force a narrow and difficult passage through.
- to bore one's way through a crowd
- (intransitive) To be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as it turns.
- This timber does not bore well.
- (intransitive) To push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort.
- To inspire boredom in somebody.
- He bores me with some trick.
- […] used to come and bore me at rare intervals.
- (of a horse) To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air.
- A hole drilled or milled through something.
- the bore of a cannon
- The tunnel inside of a gun's barrel through which the bullet travels when fired.
- A tool, such as an auger, for making a hole by boring.
- A capped well drilled to tap artesian water. The place where the well exists.
- One who inspires boredom or lack of interest.
- Something that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome affair.
- Calibre; importance.
From Old English borian (“to pierce”). Confer Danish bore, Norwegian bore, Dutch boren, German bohren, Old Norse bora. Cognate with Latin forare (“to bore, to pierce”) and Albanian birë (“a hole”). Sense of wearying may come from a figurative use such as "to bore the ears"; confer German drillen.
Compare Icelandic word for "wave".
- simple past tense of bear
Variant of bear
transitive verbbore, borne or born, bearing
- to hold and take along; carry; transport
- to hold in the mind: to bear a secret
- to possess as a part, characteristic, attribute, etc.; have or show: the letter bore his signature
- to give birth to: the passive past participle in this sense is born when by does not follow
- to bring forth; produce or yield: fruit-bearing trees, coal-bearing strata
- to support or hold up; sustain
- to sustain the burden of; take on; take care of: to bear the cost
- to undergo successfully; withstand; endure: her work won't bear scrutiny
- to put up with; tolerate: she can't bear him
- to call for; require: his actions bear watching
- to carry or conduct (oneself)
- to carry over or hold (a sentiment): to bear a grudge
- to bring and tell (a message, tales, etc.)
- to move or push as if carrying: the crowd bore us along
- to give, offer, or supply: to bear witness
Origin of bearMiddle English beren ; from Old English beran ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bher-, to carry, bring from source Classical Latin ferre, Classical Greek pherein, Sanskrit bharati, (he) bears
- to be productive: the tree bears well
- to lie in a given direction: the lighthouse bears due east
- to point or be aimed toward: with on or upon: artillery deployed to bear on the fort
- to move in a given direction: bear right at the corner
- to have bearing (on); have a relation: his story bears on the crime
- to tolerate; put up patiently (with)
- to be oppressive; weigh: grief bears heavily on her
bear a hand
- to give help
- Naut. get to work!help out!work faster!
- to press or push down; exert pressure
- to make a strong effort
bear down on
- to press down on; exert pressure on
- to make a strong effort toward accomplishing
- to come or go toward; closely approach
bring to bear onor bring to bear upon