bore

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English borian (to pierce). Confer Danish bore, Norwegian bore, Dutch boren, German bohren, Old Norse bora. Cognate with Latin forō (to bore, to pierce), Latin feriō (strike, cut) and Albanian birë (a hole). Sense of wearying may come from a figurative use such as "to bore the ears"; confer German drillen.

Boring a hole through a wooden plank with an auger.

Verb[edit]

bore (third-person singular simple present bores, present participle boring, simple past and past participle bored)

  1. (transitive) To make a hole through something.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll believe as soon this whole earth may be bored.
  2. (intransitive) To make a hole with, or as if with, a boring instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of a tool.
    to bore for water or oil
    An insect bores into a tree.
  3. (transitive) To form or enlarge (something) by means of a boring instrument or apparatus.
    to bore a steam cylinder or a gun barrel; to bore a hole
    • T. W. Harris
      short but very powerful jaws, by means whereof the insect can bore [] a cylindrical passage through the most solid wood
  4. (transitive) To make (a passage) by laborious effort, as in boring; to force a narrow and difficult passage through.
    to bore one's way through a crowd
    • John Gay
      What bustling crowds I bored.
  5. (intransitive) To be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as it turns.
    This timber does not bore well.
  6. (intransitive) To push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort.
    • Dryden
      They take their flight [] boring to the west.
  7. (transitive) To inspire boredom in somebody.
    • Shakespeare
      He bores me with some trick.
    • Carlyle
      [] used to come and bore me at rare intervals.
  8. (of a horse) To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Crabb to this entry?)
  9. (obsolete) To fool; to trick.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      I am abused, betrayed; I am laughed at, scorned, / Baffled and bored, it seems.
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Bore of a Krupp 38 cm gun at Batterie Vara / Møvik Fort, Norway.

Noun[edit]

bore (plural bores)

  1. A hole drilled or milled through something.
    the bore of a cannon
    • Francis Bacon
      the bores of wind instruments
  2. The tunnel inside of a gun's barrel through which the bullet travels when fired.
  3. A tool, such as an auger, for making a hole by boring.
  4. A capped well drilled to tap artesian water. The place where the well exists.
  5. One who inspires boredom or lack of interest.
  6. Something that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome affair.
    • Hawthorne
      It is as great a bore as to hear a poet read his own verses.
  7. Calibre; importance.
    • Shakespeare
      Yet are they much too light for the bore of the matter.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Icelandic word for "wave".

Noun[edit]

bore (plural bores)

  1. A sudden and rapid flow of tide in certain rivers and estuaries which rolls up as a wave; an eagre.
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bore

  1. simple past tense of bear

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Cornish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *bārego- (morning) (compare Old Irish bárach (tomorrow), modern Irish amárach, Breton beure).

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bore m

  1. morning

Dutch[edit]

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bore

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of boren

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French[edit]

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bore m (uncountable)

  1. boron

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse bora

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bore (imperative bor, present tense borer, simple past and past participle bora or boret, present participle borende)

  1. to bore or drill (make a hole through something)

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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Welsh more, from Proto-Celtic *māregos (compare Cornish bore, Breton beure, Irish amáireach, amárach), from Proto-Indo-European *mr̥Hko (compare English morning, Lithuanian mérkti (to blink, twinkle), Sanskrit मरीचि (márīci, ray of light)), from *mer- (to shimmer, shine).

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bore m (plural boreau)

  1. morning

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Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
bore fore more unchanged