Dictionary: BORD'ER – BOR'ING

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BORD'ER, v.i.

  1. To confine; to touch at the edge, side or end; to be contiguous or adjacent; with on or upon; as, Connecticut on the north borders on or upon Massachusetts.
  2. To approach near to. Wit, which borders upon profaneness, deserves to be branded as folly. – Tillotson.

BORD'ER, v.t.

  1. To make a border; to adorn with a border of ornaments; as, to border a garment or a garden.
  2. To reach to; to touch at the edge or end; to confine upon; to be contiguous to. Sheba and Raamah border the Persian gulf. – Ralegh.
  3. To confine within bounds to limit. [Not used.] – Shak.


Adorned or furnished with a border.


One who dwells on a border, or at the extreme part or confines of a country, region or tract of land; one who dwells near to a place. – Bacon.


Lying adjacent to; forming a border.


Money paid for setting up boards or a stall in market. – Burn.

BORD'LAND, n. [bord and land. See Board.]

In old law, the demain land which a lord kept in his hands for the maintenance of his bord, board, or table. – Spelman.

BORD'LODE, or BORD-LOAD, n. [bord and load.]

The service required of a tenant to carry timber from the woods to the lord's house; also, the quantity of provision paid by a bord-man for bond-land. – Bailey.

BORD'MAN, n. [bord and man.]

A tenant of bord-land, who supplied his lord with provisions. – Encyc.


An incursion upon the borders of a country. [Obs.] – Spenser.

BORD'SERV-ICE, n. [bord and service.]

The tenure by which bord-land was held, which was the payment of a certain quantity of provisions to the lord. In lieu of this the tenant now pays sixpence an acre. – Encyc.


In heraldry, a tract or compass of metal, color or fur, within the escutcheon, and around it. – Bailey.

BORE, pret.

of Bear. [See Bear.]

BORE, n.

  1. The hole made by boring. Hence, the cavity or hollow of a gun, cannon, pistol or other fire-arm; the caliber, whether formed by boring or not.
  2. Any instrument for making holes by boring or turning, as an auger, gimlet or wimble.

BORE, n.

A tide, swelling above another tide. – Burke. A sudden influx of the tide into a river or narrow strait. – Cyc.

BORE, v.i.

  1. To be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that turns; as, this timber does not bore well, or is hard to bore.
  2. To pierce or enter by boring; as, an auger bores well.
  3. To push forward toward a certain point. Boring to the west. – Dryden.
  4. With horsemen, a horse bores, when he carries his nose to the ground. – Dict.
  5. 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. – Encyc.

BORE, v.t. [Sax. borian; Sw. bora; D. booren; Ger. bohren; Dan. borer, to bore; D. boor; Ger. bohrer; Dan. borre, a borer; L. foro and perforo, to bore, to perforate; Russ. burav, a borer; Gr. πειρω, to pierce or transfix; also, to pass over, in which sense it coincides with ferry. The Celtic ber, bear, a spit, L. veru, from thrusting or piercing, coincide in elements with this root. Pers. بَيَرْه birah, a borer.]

  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. – Gay.

BO'RE-AL, a. [L. borealis. See Boreas.]

Northern; pertaining to the north or the north wind. – Pope.

BO'RE-AS, n. [L. boreas; Gr. βορεας, the north wind; Russ. boria, boreas, and buria, a storm or tempest; buran, a tempest with snow. The Russ. gives the radical sense.]

The northern wind; a cold northerly wind. – Milton.


A species of Brassica or Cabbage. – Fam. of Plants.

BOR'ED, pp.

Perforated by an auger or other turning instrument; made hollow.

BO-REE', n. [Fr.]

A certain dance, or movement in common time, or four crotchets in a bar; always beginning in the last quaver or last crotchet of the measure. – Busby.

BOR'ER, n.

  1. One who bores; also an instrument to make holes with by turning.
  2. Terebella, the piercer, a genus of Sea worms, that pierce wood.


A place made by boring.

BOR'ING, ppr.

Perforating by an auger or other turning instrument; making hollow.