Monday, October 26, 2009

I have a: "Head Like a Bore"

1  /bɔr, boʊr/
–verb (used with object)
1. to pierce (a solid substance) with some rotary cutting instrument.

2. to make (a hole) by drilling with such an instrument.

3. to form, make, or construct (a tunnel, mine, well, passage, etc.) by hollowing
out, cutting through, or removing a core of material: to bore a tunnel through the Alps; to bore an oil well 3000 feet deep.

4. Machinery. to enlarge (a hole) to a precise diameter with a cutting tool within the hole, by rotating either the tool or the work.

5. to force (an opening), as through a crowd, by persistent forward thrusting (usually fol. by through or into); to force or make (a passage).
–verb (used without object)

6. to make a hole in a solid substance with a rotary cutting instrument.

7. Machinery. to enlarge a hole to a precise diameter.

8. (of a substance) to admit of being bored: Certain types of steel do not bore well.


9. a hole made or enlarged by boring.

10. the inside diameter of a hole, tube, or hollow cylindrical object or device, such as a bushing or bearing, engine cylinder, or barrel of a gun.
bef. 900; ME; OE borian; c. OHG borōn, ON bora, L forāre

Related forms:
bore⋅a⋅ble, bor⋅a⋅ble, adjective

1. perforate, drill. 10. caliber.
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2  /bɔr, boʊr/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [bawr, bohr] Show IPA verb, bored, bor⋅ing, noun
–verb (used with object)

1. to weary by dullness, tedious repetition, unwelcome attentions, etc.: The long speech bored me.

2. a dull, tiresome, or uncongenial person.

3. a cause of ennui or petty annoyance: repetitious tasks that are a bore to do.
1760–70; of uncert. orig.

1. fatigue, tire, annoy.

1. amuse; thrill, enrapture.
4  /bɔr, boʊr/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [bawr, bohr] Show IPA
pt. of bear 1 . Unabridged
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bore 1 (bôr, bōr)
v. bored, bor·ing, bores

v. tr.


To make a hole in or through, with or as if with a drill.

To form (a tunnel, for example) by drilling, digging, or burrowing.

v. intr.


To make a hole in or through something with or as if with a drill: "three types of protein that enable the cells to bore in and out of blood vessels" (Elisabeth Rosenthal).


To proceed or advance steadily or laboriously: a destroyer boring through heavy seas.



A hole or passage made by or as if by use of a drill.

A hollow, usually cylindrical chamber or barrel, as of a firearm.

The interior diameter of a hole, tube, or cylinder.

The caliber of a firearm.

A drilling tool.

[Middle English boren, from Old English borian.]
bore 2 (bôr, bōr)
tr.v. bored, bor·ing, bores
To make weary by being dull, repetitive, or tedious: The movie bored us.
n. One that is wearingly dull, repetitive, or tedious.

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