• "The empty branch bore a label."
    "The empty branch bore a label."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bore make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool "don't drill here, there's a gas pipe","drill a hole into the wall","drill for oil","carpenter bees are boring holes into the wall"
    • v bore cause to be bored
    • n bore a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes
    • n bore diameter of a tube or gun barrel
    • n bore a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
    • n bore a person who evokes boredom
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Using a Try-Square as a Guide in Boring Using a Try-Square as a Guide in Boring
Thru Boring for a Butt Joint Thru Boring for a Butt Joint
Boring for Dowels in an Edge-to-Edge Joint Boring for Dowels in an Edge-to-Edge Joint
Teddy bore a charmed life Teddy bore a charmed life

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gerald Ford was the only President to have two women attempt to assassinate him. Both attempts were in California in September of 1975. The first attempt was September 6, 1975, by Lynette Fromme who thought she could impress Charles Manson by killing the President. The next attempt was by Sara Jane Moore on September 22, 1975. Her motive was simply that she was bored. John Tyler, joined the Confederacy twenty years later and became the only President named a sworn enemy of the United States.
    • Bore imp. of 1st & 2d Bear.
    • Bore A hole made by boring; a perforation.
    • Bore A person or thing that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome person or affair; any person or thing which causes ennui. "It is as great a bore as to hear a poet read his own verses."
    • n Bore (Physical Geog) A tidal flood which regularly or occasionally rushes into certain rivers of peculiar configuration or location, in one or more waves which present a very abrupt front of considerable height, dangerous to shipping, as at the mouth of the Amazon, in South America, the Hoogly and Indus, in India, and the Tsien-tang, in China.
    • Bore A tool for making a hole by boring, as an auger.
    • Bore Caliber; importance. "Yet are they much too light for the bore of the matter."
    • Bore The internal cylindrical cavity of a gun, cannon, pistol, or other firearm, or of a pipe or tube. "The bores of wind instruments.""Love's counselor should fill the bores of hearing."
    • Bore The size of a hole; the interior diameter of a tube or gun barrel; the caliber.
    • Bore To be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as it turns; as, this timber does not bore well, or is hard to bore .
    • Bore To befool; to trick. "I am abused, betrayed; I am laughed at, scorned,
      Baffled and bored , it seems."
    • Bore To form or enlarge by means of a boring instrument or apparatus; as, to bore a steam cylinder or a gun barrel; to bore a hole. "Short but very powerful jaws, by means whereof the insect can bore , as with a centerbit, a cylindrical passage through the most solid wood."
    • Bore To make (a passage) by laborious effort, as in boring; as, to bore one's way through a crowd; to force a narrow and difficult passage through. "What bustling crowds I bored ."
    • Bore To make a hole or perforation with, or as with, a boring instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of a tool; as, to bore for water or oil (i. e., to sink a well by boring for water or oil); to bore with a gimlet; to bore into a tree (as insects.
    • Bore To perforate or penetrate, as a solid body, by turning an auger, gimlet, drill, or other instrument; to make a round hole in or through; to pierce; as, to bore a plank. "I'll believe as soon this whole earth may be bored ."
    • Bore To push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort. "They take their flight . . . boring to the west."
    • Bore (Man) To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air; -- said of a horse.
    • Bore To weary by tedious iteration or by dullness; to tire; to trouble; to vex; to annoy; to pester. "He bores me with some trick.""Used to come and bore me at rare intervals."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Goldfish have the memory span of about 3-5 seconds, thats why you can leave them in a small jar and they wont get bored and you can also over feed them till they kaput.
    • bore To pierce or perforate with a rotatory cutting instrument; make a circular hole in by turning an auger, gimlet, drill, or anything that will produce the same effect: as, to bore a plank or a cannon; to bore the ground for water, or with a stick.
    • bore To form or produce by rotatory perforation: as, to bore a hole or a well.
    • bore To penetrate, make, or gain as if by boring; push or drive through or into by any penetrating action: as, to bore a plank, or a hole in a plank, with a rifle-ball.
    • bore To befool; trick; overreach.
    • bore To pierce or penetrate, as a gimlet or similar instrument; make a hole or holes: as, the auger bores well.
    • bore To sink a bore-hole, as in searching for water, coal, etc.
    • bore To be suited for piercing with an auger or other boring-tool: as, wood that bores well or ill.
    • bore To push forward or through toward a certain point: as, “boring to the west,”
    • bore In the manège, to thrust the head forward as far as possible: said of a horse. Synonyms Perforate, etc. See penetrate.
    • n bore Any instrument for making holes by boring or turning, as an auger or gimlet.
    • n bore A hollow hand-tool used in nail-making to hold a nail while its head is being formed.
    • n bore A hole made by boring, or as if by boring: as, “an auger's bore,” Specifically A deep vertical perforation made in the earth in search of water, or to ascertain the nature of the underlying strata, as in searching for coal or other minerals; a bore-hole.
    • n bore Hence The caliber or internal diameter of a hole or perforation, whether made by boring or not, especially of the cavity of a gun or tube.
    • n bore A wound or thrust.
    • n bore An abrupt tidal wave which breaks in an estuary, the water then rushing up the channel with great violence and noise. The tidal wave being a wave of translation, the shoaling and narrowing of channels where the tide rises very rapidly produce a great increase in the height of the wave. The forward parts of the wave, too, in shoaling water advance less rapidly than the backward parts, and so cause a great accumulation in front. The most celebrated bores in the old world are those of the Ganges, Indus, and Brahmaputra. The last is said to rise to a height of 12 feet. In the Amazon and other rivers in Brazil the bore reaches a height of from 12 to 16 feet. In England the bore is observed more especially in the Severn, Trent, and Wye, and in the Solway Frith. The bores in some bays at the head of the Bay of Fundy are very remarkable. In some parts of England it is called eager (which see); on the Amazon, the prororoca; on the Seine, the barre; and on the Garonne and Dordogne in France, the mascaret.
    • bore To weary by tedious iteration or repetition; tire, especially in conversation, by insufferable dullness; tease; annoy; pester.
    • bore In racing, to annoy or impede by crowding against or out of the way.
    • n bore Ennui; a fit of ennui or listless disgust or weariness.
    • n bore One who suffers from ennui.
    • n bore One who or that which bores one, or causes ennui or annoyance; anything which by dullness taxes the patience, or otherwise causes trouble or annoyance; specifically, a dull, tiresome, or uncongenial person who tires or annoys by forcing his company or conversation on others, or who persists in uninteresting talk or undesired attentions.
    • n bore Preterit of bear.
    • n bore An obsolete spelling of boar.
    • n bore A kind of cabbage; borecole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 57% of British school kids think Germany is the most boring country in Europe.
    • v.t Bore bōr to pierce so as to form a hole; to weary or annoy
    • n Bore a hole made by boring: the size of the cavity of a gun; a person or thing that wearies (not from the foregoing, according to Dr Murray, who says both verb and noun arose after 1750)
    • pa.t Bore bōr did bear, of Bear.
    • n Bore bōr a tidal flood which rushes with great violence up the estuaries of certain rivers, also called Eagre.
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  • Pierre Auguste Renoir
    Pierre Auguste Renoir
    “He bores me. He ought to have stuck to his flying machine. [On Leonardo Da Vinci]”
  • Lady Nancy Astor
    Lady Nancy Astor
    “The penalty for success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.”
  • Christian Bale
    Christian Bale
    “I have a fear of being boring.”
  • Sir Cecil Beaton
    Sir Cecil Beaton
    “Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Bore -- a person who talks when you wish him to listen.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.”


Full bore - If something is full bore, it involves the maximum effort or is complete and thorough.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. borien, AS. borian,; akin to Icel. bora, Dan. bore, D. boren, OHG. porn, G. bohren, L. forare, Gr. , to plow, Zend bar,. √91
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. bára, a wave or swell.


In literature:

Though she liked to dance, the "dancing men" bored her.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
This is especially likely to occur if the hole has been bored too large or the peg is too thin or short.
"The Repairing & Restoration of Violins" by Horace Petherick
The wind had fallen, and a current which they had struck upon bore them away.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
Late in life he married a woman of Manila, who bore him Don Rafael, the father of Crisostomo.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
The Governor bore no good will to Nuncomar.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Her face bore unmistakable traces of sorrow.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
All the shields were yellow and bore the black two-headed eagle of the Hohenstaufens.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
I am tired of boring all these holes, and besides I can't bore them straight.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
And captain and ship bored her.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
They all bore the military stamp.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre

In poetry:

Thee His great utterance bore,
O secret metaphor
Of what
Thou dream'st no jot!
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
Only slavery's hardships
The Negro bore for years,
On through the wilderness
With headaches and tears.
"Only" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Death of the day! a sterner Death
Did worse before;
The fairest form, the sweetest breath,
Away he bore.
"Ianthe" by Walter Savage Landor
Shouting, as upon a gallows
A grim effigy they bore,
"Be the name of Thomas Packer
A reproach forevermore!"
"Ballad Of Ruth Bay" by Albert Laighton
This was my comfort when I bore
Variety of grief;
It made me learn thy word the more,
And fly to that relief.
"Psalm 119 part 9" by Isaac Watts
And the worm has bored the viol
That used to lead the tune,
Rust eaten out the dial
That struck night's noon.
"The House Of Hospitalities" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Honing System Features Automated Bore Geometry Correction.
'Oliver' Bores Like the Dickens.
We've got nine killer ideas to transform any blah look (or boring afternoon) into a totally brilliant expression of Y-O-U.
Beer drinkers will never be bored at the Monk — and neither will the dishwashers.
Last summer Hugh Jackson was convinced that 2006 would be a boring campaign year.
I wrote BYU's super scorer Jimmer Fredette will be a bust in the NBA because he's too small, too slow and too bored by defense.
Green bean dishes don't have to be bland or boring.
Well i was at my house and i got bored so i started to bring my guinea pig outsideto play.
I'm the type of person that gets bored really easily.
Minimum 150 feet 2 ½ inch handline Smooth bore nozzle, preferably 1 1/8 inch Engine.
Services for Leona Mae Harbin , 96, of Brownfield will be held 10am Friday, November 2, 2012 in the Brownfield Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Otis Boring officiating.
A small-bore pickup spawned by a trans-Atlantic trade spat.
While not exactly an annus horribilis, 1998 bore an uncanny (and suspicious) resemblance to 1997, and this very familiarity made it contemptible.
Does your hedgehog look bored.
's in Afghanistan, War Is Hellishly Boring.

In science:

However, recall that Holtzman’s measurements of the relatively bright stars with WFPC2 used short exposures with very low background levels, and bore the full brunt of the CTE problem.
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
For a generic orbit ν, the category Oν is boring and equivalent to the direct sum of n! copies of the category of finite-dimensional C-vector spaces, one for each λ ∈ ν.
A brief review of abelian categorifications
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 overall HCAL thickness has significant cost implications, as it has to fit into the bore of the superconducting solenoid of the ILC detector. • The assembly is quite labour-consuming due to the signal routing via micro-coaxial cables.
CALICE Report to the Calorimeter R&D Review Panel
However, this is a fairly boring one, since it is dual to a symmetric orbifold.
Lectures on Nongeometric Flux Compactifications