• "The empty branch bore a label."
    "The empty branch bore a label."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj boring so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness "a boring evening with uninteresting people","the deadening effect of some routine tasks","a dull play","his competent but dull performance","a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention","what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke","tedious days on the train","the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain","other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
    • n boring the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum
    • n boring the act of drilling
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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.
    • Boring A hole made by boring.
    • Boring The act or process of one who, or that which, bores; as, the boring of cannon; the boring of piles and ship timbers by certain marine mollusks. "One of the most important applications of boring is in the formation of artesian wells."
    • Boring The chips or fragments made by boring.
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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.
    • n boring The act of piercing or perforating; specifically, in mining and similar operations, the act of making a hole in rock or earth by means of a borer or drill. This is often executed on a large scale by the aid of machinery. Wells and shafts several feet in diameter are now bored without blasting, as has been done in Paris in sinking artesian wells, in the great northern coal-fields of France and Belgium, and elsewhere.
    • n boring The hole made by boring. Holes of small depth bored with the drill for blasting are called bore-holes. Deep holes bored for any purpose are called borings, and if of large diameter shafts or wells, according as they are intended for use in mining or for supplying water.
    • n boring plural The chips, fragments, or dust produced in boring. Also called boring-dust.
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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.
    • Boring the act of making a hole in anything: a hole made by boring:
    • Boring (pl.) the chips produced by boring
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  • Elias Canetti
    “Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Plato was a bore.”
  • Vic Braden
    Vic Braden
    “Losers have tons of variety. Champions just take pride in learning to hit the same old boring winning shots.”
  • Evelyn Waugh
    “Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Talk to a woman as if you loved her, and to a man as if he bored you.”


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


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. borian, to bore; cf. Ger. bohren; allied to L. for-āre, to bore, Gr. pharynx, the gullet.


In literature:

It's a bore, of course; but it's a natural bore, and one that ought to be borne.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
All the rest of that day they bore steadily northward.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
After the rifle is fired the bore is covered with an acid which, if left in the bore, will eat into the metal and pit it.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
One bore a blue velvet bag, and the other a clasped and richly bound volume.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
A 1542 barrel at Woolwich has six fine spiral grooves in the bore.
"Artillery Through the Ages" by Albert Manucy
Some boring tools, like awls, force the material apart, and some, like augers, remove material.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
With sails gaily spread the breezes bore the boat gently over the deep blue sea.
"Northland Heroes" by Florence Holbrook
In the older orchard about 16 varieties bore a number of pistillate flowers that were recorded as medium or greater.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
He bore me a grudge about it ever after.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
The French formed in line of battle and bore down upon them.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
The tenon is driven home and the hole is marked on the side of the tenon (B); the tenon is then withdrawn and the hole bored about 1/8 in.
"Woodwork Joints" by William Fairham
But I refuse to be bored; never in my life have I been bored!
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
The seven Mohawks were now in the water; but the water was shallow, and splashing through, they bored right in, like bulldogs.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
She had no taste for it, and found it the supreme bore.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
I say, don't you find life rather a bore?
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
They were a warlike offshoot of the Hoonahs, and bore a bad reputation for treachery and unreliability.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
When her time came, the queen bore a son who was named Harold.
"The Story of Norway" by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
His eyes embedded in red puffs, burned and bored again in the way that had frightened her so at first.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
The big square bore already the look of desertion most associated in her mind with summer in London.
"Consequences" by E. M. Delafield
I pray you, O Virgin who bore our Savior and God, deliver me from terrors!
"Orthodox Daily Prayers" by Anonymous

In poetry:

So tooth and nail were obsolete
As means against a foe,
Till, bored by uniform defeat,
Some genius built the bow.
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
And now the mistress on her knee
The unloved baby bore,
The while the servant sullenly
Prepared to leave her door.
"A Dream of Waking" by George MacDonald
Deftly she folded up the prize,
With lovely avarice;
Like one whom having had made wise,
She bore it off in bliss.
"The Prism" by George MacDonald
He won her drowsy fancy,
He bore her to his towers,
And swift with love and laughter
Flew morning's purpled hours.
"Ernst Of Edelsheim" by John Hay
I started to my feet—and lo!
The captain stood by me,
And he bore a body in his arms,
And dropped it in the sea.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
But he, the Man we mourn to-day,
No tyrant was: so mild a sway
In one such weight who bore
Was never known before!
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard

In news:

Rarely does a game come along so bland, so uninspired, that it practically forces me to seek even the most boring of shelters from the storm of its banality, but Dungeon Siege III is exactly that game.
Do you find your fingers drifting into your mouth when you're nervous, anxious or just bored.
There had to be an alternative to the long, boring train ride to the Brindisi ferry.
There's a reason most subwoofers have boring, cube-like designs: They're meant to be tucked into a corner or under a cabinet, out of sight and out of mind.
When photography was almost exclusively black and white and 8 by 10 inches, museum exhibitions of even the best images ran some danger of boring the audience's socks off with sameness.
The Irredeemably Boring Egotism of Cindy Sherman.
The Omega battery-powered, corrosion-resistant FMG800 series full-bore electromagnetic flow meter features a built-in rate and total indicator.
The mainstream media is slowly waking up to the fact that Obama is a bore.
And he emphasized that seemingly boring topics can make for compelling reading if done properly.
His First Interview since the Affair that Bore a Secret Child Was Revealed.
In this edition of Better Bodies, we learn some new workout moves to try when your usual workout is getting boring.
Bell's prediction bore on correlations in properties between particles that had once been entangled — even if the particles flew far apart.
Whether they're on planes, trains, or automobiles, they won't be bored.
" So writes Michael Greiner on the blog "Preaching As War" in part one of a series of posts called "Boring Preaching.
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but morning auto-pilot means it can also get pretty boring (eggs, cereal, repeat).

In science:

This has the effect of concentrating the field from the coils into a smaller cross-sectional area and creating a higher field in the bore.
Prototyping of the ILC Baseline Positron Target
An insulating layer forces the induced current to flow around the bore.
Prototyping of the ILC Baseline Positron Target
The site of highest energy deposition from operation of the device is in the concentrating plates near the bore of the magnet where the currents are highest.
Prototyping of the ILC Baseline Positron Target
The cooling channels are designed as slits that are positioned radially around the bore as shown in Figure 8.
Prototyping of the ILC Baseline Positron Target
This design requires an insulating seal between the concentrating plates to allow the cooling fluid to flow between the concentrating plates and to create a vacuum seal between the magnet bore vacuum and the liquid nitrogen bath.
Prototyping of the ILC Baseline Positron Target
From Figure 9 we can see that it may be usable as an insulating material on the energizing coils but is unusable anywhere closer to the bore of the device.
Prototyping of the ILC Baseline Positron Target
The microwaves are transported to the ions down the bore of the magnet with a rigid waveguide and directed onto the ions with a horn located between the ring and endcap electrodes of the trap.
Engineered 2D Ising interactions on a trapped-ion quantum simulator with hundreds of spins
For part of the run period, measurements were possible with the modules mounted within the bore of the 1.6 T superconducting Morpurgo dipole magnet , simulating the ATLAS solenoid field direction.
Prototype ATLAS IBL Modules using the FE-I4A Front-End Readout Chip
Bhouri, Spectre multifractal de mesures bor´eli`ennes sur Rd , C. R.
A Mixed Generalized Multifractal Formalism For Vector Valued Measures
We are not going to bore the reader in listing all the results.
Geometric Zeta Functions, $L^2$-Theory, and Compact Shimura Manifolds
Yet higher masses require an isolating gas cell in the bore where He3 at 5.4 K would allow one to reach ma of 1.4 eV.
Axions - Motivation, limits and searches
The decay volume is in the warm bore of a superconducting solenoidal magnet, which provides a holding field of 1 T.
Neutron Beta Decay: Status and Future of the Asymmetry Measurement
My goal is to help my readers invent new sequences, differentiate interesting sequences from boring ones, and better understand sequences they encounter.
How to Create a New Integer Sequence
In the present paper, Courant’s type-1 particles will correspond to our ‘outer tracks’ (OTs), type-2 particles to our ‘bore-scattered inner tracks’ (BSITs), and type-3 particles to our ‘going-through inner tracks’ (GTITs), see Fig. 1.
Collimator effects in proton planning
The tracking of the protons inside the material of the block is done according to Section 2.3.4; finally, these tracks either vanish (being absorbed in the material of the block) or emerge from it (bore, downstream face) and deliver dose.
Collimator effects in proton planning