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Definition of Bore


  1. of Bear
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To weary by tedious iteration or by dullness; to tire; to trouble; to vex; to annoy; to pester.
  6. To befool; to trick.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. To push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort.
  10. To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air; -- said of a horse.
  11. A hole made by boring; a perforation.
  12. The internal cylindrical cavity of a gun, cannon, pistol, or other firearm, or of a pipe or tube.
  13. The size of a hole; the interior diameter of a tube or gun barrel; the caliber.
  14. A tool for making a hole by boring, as an auger.
  15. Caliber; importance.
  16. A person or thing that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome person or affair; any person or thing which causes ennui.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. imp. of 1st & 2d Bear.

Bore Quotations

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault.
Henry A. Kissinger

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
Friedrich Nietzsche

Sabotage did not involve loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. Bitterness would be kept to a minimum and, if the policy bore fruit, democratic government could become a reality.
Nelson Mandela

Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore.
Cecil Beaton

I hope I didn't bore you too much with my life story.
Elvis Presley
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Bore Translations

bore in Afrikaans is boor
bore in Danish is kede, bor, bore
bore in Dutch is aanboren
bore in French is rencontrer, naquis, ennuyer, acabit, lasser, forer
bore in German is bohren, bohren, langweilen, Langweiler, Bohrloch
bore in Italian is calibro, annoiare
bore in Portuguese is furo, verruma
bore in Spanish is taladrar, barrena, calibre, aburrir
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