• WordNet 3.6
    • n bore-hole a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sound at the right vibration can bore holes through a solid object.
    • n bore-hole A hole made in boring for minerals, water, etc.; specifically, the hole in which a blasting-charge is placed.
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  • Josh Billings
    “A good way I know to find happiness, is to not bore a hole to fit the plug.”


In literature:

Holes should be bored in the staves about 4 inches apart.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
One of the officers immediately set to work and bored a couple of holes in the head and side of the cask.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
The murderous villains were boring holes in the ship's bottom.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
This was a long operation, as every hole had to be carefully bored.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
The method of working is: Plane up, mark out, bore holes, countersink, glue dowels and complete joints.
"Woodwork Joints" by William Fairham
A pre-arranged signal was then made, and at that point an auger hole was bored deep into the ice and the stake driven home.
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
He had now bored his last hole, and was about to blast it.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
But the most tedious part of the operation did not lie in the boring of these holes.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
The savages, as we calls 'em, bores holes in their lips an' sticks rings into 'em.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
Some bored holes in the rock for hold-fasts; others, with pick and chisel, cut out the foundation-pit.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
Around this pattern, and about a couple of inches from it, he bored a row of holes an inch or so apart.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
Before boring a hole, its position should be confirmed by whoever is in charge of the workshop.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
See, those four spines are for boring holes.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
They had bored a vertical hole about three feet in diameter, over which a wooden windlass had been erected.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Holes was bored at de back to fasten de plank seat to.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
The rope used as reins is passed through a hole bored through their nostrils, and a heavy beam of wood rests on their backs.
"Golden Moments" by Anonymous
He bored holes in the edge of the pieces of skin and sewed through the holes.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
Near the hole where Maya had set herself up for the summer lived a family of bark-boring beetles.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
We had bored a hole in her; she filled slowly and then all of a sudden disappeared.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
A Bullock's horn with a few small holes bored in it, is perhaps the best and handiest thing you can put your flies into.
"The Teesdale Angler" by R Lakeland

In poetry:

They bored a hole above the keel
To let the water out;
But, strange to say, to their dismay,
The water in did spout.
"A Sailor's Yarn" by James Jeffrey Roche
And then she told how she bored a hole
In the bark, and it fill'd away:
And 'twas rare to hear how some did swear,
And some did vow and pray.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
Ten years ago, "as the crow flies,"
He remembers the farmer's daughter
And his hated rival, the plumber's mate
Who used to bore holes in the water.
"The Miser" by T W Connor
He built his doughnuts solid, and it sure would curl your hair
To see him plug a doughnut as he tossed it in the air.
He bored the holes plum center every time his pistol spoke,
Till the can was full of doughnuts and the shack was full of smoke.
"Boomer Johnson" by Henry Herbert Knibbs

In news:

2,000-foot hole bored by a drill made by Center Rock of Berlin, Pa.
Mostly the boring things like filling nail holes, caulking , priming and painting.
A step drill makes it easy to bore large-diameter holes — or holes of different sizes — in metal or plastic without drilling a starter hole or changing bits.
The crew is using advanced horizontal drilling technology to bore a hole that will become horizontal at 2,850 feet and run 1,900 feet through subterranean rock five to 10 feet high.
Since its installation, this HMC has dramatically reduced floor-to-floor times on the manufacture of precision reamers, which are used for expanding oil well bore holes during directional drilling operations.
You may be surprised to learn that these holes are bored by marine "Pholad" clams, chiefly for protection from predators.
Because They Try to Bore Holes.
Bored Researcher Easily Finds Two Dozen SCADA Security Holes.
Bored Researcher Easily Finds Two Dozen SCADA Security Holes.
Eight more operations – including drilling, boring, counterboring, countersinking and tapping holes at various angles – remove an additional 60 pounds, resulting in a finished component that weighs half as much as the raw stock.
(W) hole proves a show can bore and yet inspire hope.
The old bromide, 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,' comes into play for preventing chatter when boring deep holes.
Bores straight holes two to three times faster than traditional spade bits.
Use a hole saw to bore through the factory pillar pad.
The inspection sequence comprised 12 6mm-diameter holes, six 5mm-diameter holes, 25 points on the gasket face, 45 spool bores, three shot scan on the gasket face and six points on the spool face profiles.

In science:

The technique was to measure the torque on a torsion balance pendulum produced between a pair of discs with holes bored in them.
New Regions for a Chameleon to Hide
At point A′ , observer O′ bores a large enough hole so much that for a photon entering via this hole, diffraction effects can be neglected and the photon can be treated as a particle.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
We believe the reader will reach the conclusion that the photon will not exit via point D′ but would exit at point F′ is a hole was bored there and that observer O will then be able to detect the photon at point D.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
The P-PC is an alternative right circular cylindrical detector design developed in which the bore hole is removed and replaced with a point-contact, either implanted B or drifted Li, in the center of the passivated detector face .
The Majorana Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Experiment
On the other hand, if the bore of the instrument were larger than the fingers, drilling large holes would require other engineering solutions to enable fully plugging the hole.
Music in Terms of Science
The active component of the pendulum was an aluminum ring with 10 equally-spaced holes bored into it.
Sub-mm tests of the gravitational inverse-square law
The pendulum was suspended just above a disk-shaped copper attractor that had 10 similar holes bored into it.
Sub-mm tests of the gravitational inverse-square law
For both the single cavern and the multiple cavern concepts of the detector a significant period of exploratory excavations and bore holes will be needed.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
The tuning was done by deforming the nose cone region from both sides of the bore hole with a bar clamp, in order to reduce the gap length of the cell and hence to decrease the resonant frequency.
High-power test results of a 3 GHz single-cell cavity