Meaning of BORE in English


I. ˈbȯr verb

( bored ; bor·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English borian; akin to Old High German borōn to bore, Latin forare to bore, ferire to strike

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb

1. : to pierce with a turning or twisting movement of a tool

2. : to make (as a cylindrical hole) by boring or digging away material

bored a tunnel

intransitive verb


a. : to make a hole by or as if by boring

b. : to sink a mine shaft or well

2. : to make one's way steadily especially against resistance

we bored through the jostling crowd

II. noun

Date: 14th century


a. : a usually cylindrical hole made by or as if by boring

b. chiefly Australian & New Zealand : a borehole drilled especially to make an artesian well


a. : the long usually cylindrical hollow part of something (as a tube or gun barrel)

b. : the inner surface of a hollow cylindrical object

3. : the size of a bore: as

a. : the interior diameter of a gun barrel ; especially chiefly British : gauge 1a(2)

b. : the diameter of an engine cylinder


past of bear

IV. noun

Etymology: Middle English * bore wave, from Old Norse bāra

Date: 1601

: a tidal flood with a high abrupt front

V. noun

Etymology: origin unknown

Date: 1766

: one that causes boredom: as

a. : a tiresome person

b. : something that is devoid of interest

VI. transitive verb

( bored ; bor·ing )

Date: 1768

: to cause to feel boredom

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.