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BORE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bore mean? 

BORE (noun)
  The noun BORE has 4 senses:

1. a person who evokes boredom
2. a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
3. diameter of a tube or gun barrel
4. a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes

  Familiarity information: BORE used as a noun is uncommon.


BORE (verb)
  The verb BORE has 2 senses:

1. cause to be bored
2. make a hole with a pointed power or hand tool

  Familiarity information: BORE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BORE (noun)


Sense 1bore [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who evokes boredom

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

bore; dullard

Hypernyms ("bore" is a kind of...):

disagreeable person; unpleasant person (a person who is not pleasant or agreeable)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bore"):

fuddy-duddy; stuffed shirt (a bore)

gasbag; windbag (a boring person who talks a great deal about uninteresting topics)

nudnick; nudnik ((Yiddish) someone who is a boring pest)

platitudinarian (a bore who makes excessive use of platitudes)


Sense 2bore [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

tidal bore; eagre; eager; aegir; bore

Hypernyms ("bore" is a kind of...):

tidal current; tidal flow (the water current caused by the tides)


Sense 3bore [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Diameter of a tube or gun barrel

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

caliber; calibre; bore; gauge

Hypernyms ("bore" is a kind of...):

diam; diameter (the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference)


Sense 4bore [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bore-hole; drill hole; bore

Hypernyms ("bore" is a kind of...):

excavation (a hole in the ground made by excavating)

Domain category:

excavation; mining (the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bore"):

shot hole (drill hole for a charge of an explosive)


BORE (verb)


Sense 1bore [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be bored

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

bore; tire

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to bore Sue

Antonym:

interest (excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of)


Sense 2bore [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a hole with a pointed power or hand tool

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

drill; bore

Context examples:

don't drill here, there's a gas pipe / drill a hole into the wall / drill for oil

Hypernyms (to "bore" is one way to...):

cut (separate with or as if with an instrument)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bore"):

spud (initiate drilling operations, as for petroleum)

counter-drill (drill in an opposite direction)

trepan (cut a hole with a trepan, as in surgery)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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