Definitions of bore

  1. a high wave ( often dangerous) caused by tidal flow ( as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
  2. completely unclothed; " bare bodies"; " naked from the waste up"; " a nude model"
  3. cause to be bored
  4. ( mining terms) a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes
  5. diameter of a tube or gun barrel
  6. a person who evokes boredom
  7. a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes
  8. make a hole 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"
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. To weary by tedious iteration or by dullness; to tire; to trouble; to vex; to annoy; to pester.
  13. To befool; to trick.
  14. 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).
  15. 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.
  16. To push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort.
  17. A hole made by boring; a perforation.
  18. The internal cylindrical cavity of a gun, cannon, pistol, or other firearm, or of a pipe or tube.
  19. The size of a hole; the interior diameter of a tube or gun barrel; the caliber.
  20. A tool for making a hole by boring, as an auger.
  21. Caliber; importance.
  22. A person or thing that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome person or affair; any person or thing which causes ennui.
  23. 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.
  24. Less properly, a very high and rapid tidal flow, when not so abrupt, such as occurs at the Bay of Fundy and in the British Channel.
  25. imp. of 1st & amp; 2d Bear.
  26. To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air; - said of a horse.
  27. imp. of 1st & 2d Bear.
  28. To pierce of drill a hole in; to form by piercing or drilling; to force with effort; to weary by tiresome repetition, or by dulness; to annoy.
  29. To make a hole; pierce; to push forward toward a certain point.
  30. A hole made by piercing or drilling; hence, the cavity or hollow of a gun; the inside diameter of a gun; hole; a stupid, uninteresting person; any person or thing that causes dull weariness.
  31. Of bear.
  32. To pierce so as to form a hole: to weary or annoy.
  33. A hole made by boring: the size of the cavity of a gun: a person or thing that wearies.
  34. Did bear, pa. t. of BEAR.
  35. A tidal flood which rushes with great force into the mouths of certain rivers.
  36. A hole made by boring; a wearisome person.
  37. Imp. Of BEAR, v.
  38. To make a hole in; pierce; perforate; tire; weary; annoy.
  39. A hole made by boring; the interior diameter, as of a firearm.
  40. A tiresome person; an annoyance.
  41. The hole made by boring: the cavity or calibre of a gun; an instrument used for boring; a person or thing that bores.
  42. A sudden indux in certain estuaries of a tidal wave often of great volume, and rushing up with great violence and a loud noise. See Bear.
  43. To pierce or drill a hole in; to weary with repetition of what does not interest.
  44. To be pierced; to pierce by boring; to push forward toward a certain point; to carry the nose near the ground, as a horse.
  45. To make a hole in a hard body with some tool; to perforate; to pierce; to annoy by repeated applications.
  46. The hole made by piercing or boring with a tool; the cavity or hollow in anything, as in a gun- barrel; a person or thing that annoys.
  47. The advancing front of the tidal wave as it ascends certain rivers or estuaries, especially at a spring tide.

Usage examples for bore

  1. He bore it for a little time longer, then he said: " How much longer is it going to last, Lettie?" – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  2. But nobody feels the anxiety for her child that the mother who bore her does! – Plays A Protégée of the Mistress; Poverty Is No Crime; Sin and Sorrow Are Common to All; It's a Family Affair--We'll Settle It Ourselves by Alexander Ostrovsky
  3. Living is somewhat of a bore, a beautiful bore. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  4. " You won't bore me," I said. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  5. It was Timmins who stepped forward; Timmins who took Asa and bore him into the living room where Colonel Bright, Mr. Leffingwell, John, his son, and Mr. and Mrs. Potter all rose to their feet, when Timmins walked in. – The Boy Scouts on a Submarine by Captain John Blaine
  6. Never mind me, my dear: go on with your work; and don't let me bore you. – John Bull's Other Island by George Bernard Shaw
  7. I told her she couldn't- that was why I bore with her. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  8. Later on we can drop them if they grow to be too much of a bore. – Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore by Pauline Lester
  9. Bore this funeral affair. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  10. The first I took up bore the name of Mr. Septimus Codd, that of the second, Mr. George Kitwater. – My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby
  11. So think o' yir mother as aye true to yir faither, and it'll mebbe help yir sorrow to ken there's aye this bond between yir faither and her wha bore ye. – St. Cuthbert's by Robert E. Knowles
  12. He bore off then but came back in the afternoon. – The Seiners by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  13. He thought that ridiculous, and never bore ill- will to those who stopped away altogether. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  14. Of course not, but I'm afraid it will bore you. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  15. The man whose name she bore was scarcely a memory to her. – Calvert of Strathore by Carter Goodloe
  16. For, taking her in his arms as easily as if she had been a child, he bore her out of the room and up to Leo's door. – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  17. No, he will not; he will bore me. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth