Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
borian; akin to Icel.
[GREEK]to plow, Zend
To perforate or penetrate, as a solid body, by turning an auger, gimlet, drill, or other instrument; to make a round hole in or through; to pierce;
I’ll believe as soon this whole earth may be
To form or enlarge by means of a boring instrument or apparatus;
borea steam cylinder or a gun barrel; to
Short but very powerful jaws, by means whereof the insect can
bore, as with a centerbit, a cylindrical passage through the most solid wood.
T. W. Harris.
To make (a passage) by laborious effort, as in boring;“What bustling crowds I bored.”
as, to; to force a narrow and difficult passage through.
boreone's way through a crowd
To weary by tedious iteration or by dullness; to tire; to trouble; to vex; to annoy; to pester.
boresme with some trick.
Used to come and
boreme at rare intervals.
To befool; to trick.
I am abused, betrayed; I am laughed at, scorned,
bored, it seems.
Beau. & Fl.
To make a hole or perforation with, or as with, a boring instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of a tool;
borefor water or oil (i. e., to sink a well by boring for water or oil); to
borewith a gimlet; to
boreinto a tree (as insects)
To be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as it turns;
as, this timber does not.
borewell, or is hard to
To push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort.
They take their flight . . .
boringto the west.
To shoot out the nose or toss it in the air; – said of a horse.
A hole made by boring; a perforation.
The internal cylindrical cavity of a gun, cannon, pistol, or other firearm, or of a pipe or tube.
boresof wind instruments.
Love's counselor should fill the
The size of a hole; the interior diameter of a tube or gun barrel; the caliber.
A tool for making a hole by boring, as an auger.
Yet are they much too light for the
boreof the matter.
A person or thing that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome person or affair; any person or thing which causes ennui.
It is as great a
boreas to hear a poet read his own verses.
bārawave: cf. G.
burrento lift, perh. allied to AS.
beran, E. 1st
A tidal flood which regularly or occasionally rushes into certain rivers of peculiar configuration or location, in one or more waves which present a very abrupt front of considerable height, dangerous to shipping, as at the mouth of the Amazon, in South America, the Hoogly and Indus, in India, and the Tsien-tang, in China.
Less properly, a very high and rapid tidal flow, when not so abrupt, such as occurs at the Bay of Fundy and in the British Channel.
of 1st & 2d
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To perforate or penetrate a solid body and make a round hole by turning an auger, gimlet, or other instrument. Hence, to make hollow;; to form a round hole; as,to bore a cannon.
2.To eat out or make a hollow by gnawing or corroding, as a worm.
3.To penetrate or break through by turning or labor; as, to bore through a crowd.
1.To pierce or enter by boring; as, an auger bores well.
2.To push forward toward a certain point.
Boring to the west.
3.With horsemen, a horse bores, when he carries his nose to the ground.
4.In a transitive or intransitive sense, to pierce the earth with scooping irons, which, when drawn out, bring with them samples of the different stratums, through which they pass. This is a method of discovering veins of ore and coal without opening a mine.
1.Any instrument for making holes by boring or turning, as an auger, gimlet or wimble.
A sudden influx of the tide into a river or narrow strait.