Definition of "bore" []

  • To make a hole in or through, with or as if with a drill. (verb-transitive)
  • To form (a tunnel, for example) by drilling, digging, or burrowing. (verb-transitive)
  • 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). (verb-intransitive)
  • To proceed or advance steadily or laboriously: a destroyer boring through heavy seas. (verb-intransitive)
  • A hole or passage made by or as if by use of a drill. (noun)
  • To produce (a hole) in (a material) by use of a drill, auger, or other cutting tool (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To increase the diameter of (a hole), as by an internal turning operation on a lathe or similar machine (verb)
  • To produce (a hole in the ground, tunnel, mine shaft, etc) by digging, drilling, cutting, etc (verb)
  • (of a horse or athlete in a race) to push other competitors, esp in order to try to get them out of the way (verb)
  • A hole or tunnel in the ground, esp one drilled in search of minerals, oil, etc (noun)
  • A circular hole in a material produced by drilling, turning, or drawing (noun)
  • The diameter of such a hole (noun)
  • The hollow part of a tube or cylinder, esp of a gun barrel (noun)
  • The diameter of such a hollow part; calibre (noun)
  • An artesian well (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bore" in a sentence
  • "To-morrow we go up to Town "pour ce bore," as the good King always said to me; whenever there were tiresome people to present he always said: "Je vous demande pardon de ce _bore_.""
  • "Another folio, Rochefort's History of the Caribby Islands, was lettered "Davies 'Carriby Islands," because the title bore the statement "Rendered into English by John Davies.""
  • "Because of the heroic size of the bottles, the pictured bottle on the label bore"