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Bore, Boir, n.1 Also: bor, boire, boyr, boare. [ME. bore (c 1320), ON. bora.]

1. A hole made by boring or one suggestive of this. (a) All bestis and foulis drawis thame till holis and boris and lenthing placis; Hay II. 132/10.
To the boris his armes wes nocht lange; Kennedy Pass. Christ 1053.
In the small boris and hollis thairof growis small wormis; Bell. Boece I. p. xlviii.
The wattir be holis and boris … enteris in housis; Boece xiii. vii. 513 b.
On the eist side of this ile ther is a bore, maid like a vylt; Monro W. Isles 54.
Scho sau his maister … throuche ane bore of the dure; 1581 Cath. Tract. 144/1.
Mak in my breist a bore by knyfe or blaid; Fowler 142, v. 5.
Quhen gret wild beists … into hols and bors thame hyd; Burel Pilgrim xvii.
(b) The salt watir stremys Fast bullerand in at euery ryft and boyr; Doug. I. iii. 51.
Out throw ane boir quhair he mycht rycht weill se; Stewart 35845.
Driving hir finger in ane boir; 1561 Monymusk Writs MS. No. 116.
Thirlit throw every vane and boir; Scott xix. 3.
Shute was the dure, in at a boir I blent; Doug. Pal. Hon. iii. 71/25.
That ȝe may prouyde befoir To haue ane pyn for euery boir; 1572 Sat. P. xxxi. 83.
Quhair now … in hoill and boir we byde; Ib. xxxii. 45.

2. Blew bore, an opening in the clouds showing the blue sky. This style did please us well. It was the first blew bore that did appear in our cloudie sky; 1639 Baillie Lett. I. 207.

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