BORE , a high tidal
See also:wave rushing up a narrow estuary or tidal
See also:river . The bore of the Severn is produced by a
See also:tide that rises 18 ft. in an
See also:hour and a
See also:half . This
See also:body of
See also:water becomes compressed in the narrowing
See also:funnel-shaped estuary, and heaped up into an advancing wave extending from
See also:bank to bank . The phenomenon is also particularly well illustrated in the
See also:Bay of
See also:Fundy . The origin of this word is doubtful, but it is usually referred to a Scandinavian word bara, a wave, billow . The other name by which the phenomenon is known, "
See also:eagre," is also of unknown origin . There is, of course, no connexion with " bore," to make a hole by piercing or drilling, which is a
See also:common Teutonic word, cf . Ger. bohren, the Indo-
See also:root being seen in
See also:Lat. forare, to
See also:pierce, Gr . 4,apos, plough . For the making of deep holes for shafts,
See also:wells, &c., see
See also:BORING . The substantival use of this word is generally confined to the circular cavity of
See also:objects of tubular shape, particularly of a
See also:gun, hence the
See also:internal diameter of a gun, its " calibre " (see GuN) . A " bore " is also a tiresome, wearying
See also:person, particularly one who persistently harps on one subject, in or out of
See also:season, whatever
See also:interest his
See also:audience may take in it .
This has generally been taken to be merely a metaphorical use of " bore," to pierce . The earliest sense, however, in which it is found in
See also:English (1766, in certain letters printed in Jesse's
See also:Life of
See also:Selwyn) is that of ennui, and a French origin is suggested . The New English
See also:Dictionary conjectures a possible source in Fr. bourrer, to stuff, satiate .
PARIS BORDONE (1495-1570)
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