- 1 [with object] Make (a hole) in something, especially with a revolving tool: they bored holes in the sides [no object]: the drill can bore through rock • figurative his eyes bored into hersMore example sentences
- He has a story for each tool he demonstrates, be it a drill that bores square holes or a spill plane.
- 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.
- He was staring at a tree that the rock had bored a hole through.
- 1.1 [with object] Hollow out (a tube or tunnel): try to bore the tunnel at the correct angleMore example sentences
- Some future civilization bores a tunnel vertically down, through the center of the earth, emerging at the opposite point on the globe.
- Ever seen the front of those machines they use to bore subway tunnels?
- The 12.9km Shueishan Tunnel, the centerpiece of the project, was bored through in September.
- 1.2Hollow out (a gun barrel).More example sentences
- The barrel is bored out and threaded at breech and muzzle to accept a 17-cal. barrel liner.
- 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.
- 2 [no object] Make one’s way through (a crowd).More example sentences
- When he bores fastballs and sharp breaking pitches into the hands of righthanders, they have trouble getting around on them, even if they see them longer.
- So will his cut fastball, which bores in on righthanded hitters and induces grounder after grounder to third base.
- He expected another fastball, one more merciless sinker that would bore in on him.
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- 1The hollow part inside a gun barrel or other tube.More example sentences
- Barrels have ventilated ribs, hard-chromed bores, interchangeable choke tubes (three provided) and lengthened forcing cones to reduce recoil.
- The inside bore might be 12 in, but the barrels are well over a metre in diameter at the base.
- The bore of the Browning barrel was mirror smooth from one end to the other.
- 1.1 [often in combination] The diameter of this; the caliber: a small-bore rifleMore example sentences
- It is also available as a shotgun in 12 and 20 gauge, and .410 bore.
- The traditional .22 rifle has been replaced by a choice of Browning automatic handgun or sawn-off 12 bore shotgun.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.
- 2 short for borehole.More example sentences
- 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.
- The firm wanted to eliminate building mandatory escape cross tunnels between bores, a job requiring tricky ground freezing, says Harnois.
- Despite all the difficulties the two ends of the tunnel bore met as planned in 1916.
Old English borian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German bohren.
- 1A person whose talk or behavior is dull and uninteresting: a crashing bore who tells the same old jokes over and overMore example sentences
- I think he has simply demonstrated once again why he has become such a crashing bore.
- At a deeper level, it seems to me that he is a world-class crashing bore.
- The days of desperately trying to escape the clutches of some crashing bore in the corner of a nightclub are long gone.
- 1.1 [in singular] A tedious situation or thing: it’s such a bore cooking when one’s aloneMore example sentences
- Instead, it's a tedious and meretricious bore, and those are the worst kind.
- The course can sometimes be a bore but I find the major subjects quite interesting.
- Will's columns can sometimes be a bore, ripping a social healthcare program here and our educational system's shortcomings there.
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- Make (someone) feel weary and uninterested by tedious talk or dullness: rather than bore you with all the details, I’ll hit some of the bright spotsMore example sentences
stultify, pall on, stupefy, weary, tire, fatigue, send to sleep, leave cold; bore to death, bore to tears• informal turn off
- Oh please, Damion, your insults are so dull it bores me.
- It's a pretty good story, actually, though I get bored by cards very quickly.
- I'll give it a go next week, but imagine that this will quickly bore me.
bore someone to death (or to tears)
- Weary (a person) in the extreme.More example sentences
- It's about getting you from here to there without scaring you to death, boring you to tears, or intimidating your socks off.
- If all of you have not been bored to death and fallen asleep on the keyboard by now, I really do admire your resilience.
- ‘If we were bored to death, honestly I don't think we would do it,’ he said.
mid 18th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.
- A steep-fronted wave caused by the meeting of two tides or by the constriction of a tide rushing up a narrow estuary.More example sentences
- 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.
- On the Shubenacadie River, the tidal bore and rapidly rising tide results in extremely turbulent waters.
early 17th century: perhaps from Old Norse bára 'wave'; the term was used in the general sense 'billow, wave' in Middle English.