bore
I. verb (bored; boring) 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
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intransitive verb 1. 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
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II. noun Date: 14th century 1. 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 2. 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 III. 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; boring) Date: 1768 to cause to feel boredom

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