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English noun: bore

1. bore (person) a person who evokes boredom


Broader (hypernym)disagreeable person, unpleasant person

Narrower (hyponym)gasbag, nudnick, nudnik, platitudinarian, stuffed shirt, windbag

2. bore (event) a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)

Synonymsaegir, eager, eagre, tidal bore

Broader (hypernym)tidal current, tidal flow

3. bore (attribute) diameter of a tube or gun barrel

Synonymscaliber, calibre, gauge

Broader (hypernym)diam, diameter

4. bore (artifact) a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes

Synonymsbore-hole, drill hole

Broader (hypernym)excavation

Narrower (hyponym)shot hole

Domain categoryexcavation, mining

English verb: bore

1. bore (emotion) cause to be bored

ExamplesThe performance is likely to bore Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


2. bore (contact) make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool

SamplesDon't drill here, there's a gas pipe.
Drill a hole into the wall.
Drill for oil.
Carpenter bees are boring holes into the wall.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cut

Narrower (hyponym)counter-drill, spud, trepan

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