What does borer mean?

Definitions for borer
ˈbɔr ər, ˈboʊr-bor·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bore bit, borer, rock drill, stone drillnoun

    a drill for penetrating rock

  2. woodborer, borernoun

    any of various insects or larvae or mollusks that bore into wood


  1. borernoun

    A person who bores, who drills

  2. borernoun

    A tool used for drilling.

  3. borernoun

    An insect or insect larva that bores into wood.

  4. borernoun

    One of the many types of mollusc that bore into soft rock.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Borernoun

    A piercer; an instrument to make holes with.

    Etymology: from bore.

    The master-bricklayer must try all the foundations, with a borer, such as well-diggers use, to try what ground they have. Joseph Moxon, Mechanical Exercises.


  1. borer

    A borer is either a type of creature or a tool that penetrates or makes holes in a solid substance or object. In the realm of animals, a borer usually refers to insects or insect larvae, such as beetles and moths, that bore into plants, wood, or other hard materials. As a tool, a borer is used in contexts like carpentry, engineering or dentistry to drill or bore holes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Borernoun

    one that bores; an instrument for boring

  2. Borernoun

    a marine, bivalve mollusk, of the genus Teredo and allies, which burrows in wood. See Teredo

  3. Borernoun

    any bivalve mollusk (Saxicava, Lithodomus, etc.) which bores into limestone and similar substances

  4. Borernoun

    one of the larvae of many species of insects, which penetrate trees, as the apple, peach, pine, etc. See Apple borer, under Apple

  5. Borernoun

    the hagfish (Myxine)


  1. Borer

    applied to an insect or larva that burrows or makes channels in woody or other vegetable tissue.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BORER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Borer is ranked #19364 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Borer surname appeared 1,397 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Borer.

    93.4% or 1,306 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 47 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.9% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 9 total occurrences were Black.
    0.4% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for borer »

  1. rerob

  2. rober

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of borer in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of borer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of borer in a Sentence

  1. Tivon Feeley:

    Every state is in the same situation right now that has the Emerald Ash Borer, they’re looking at ‘how do we take down all of these trees, what do we do with all of the wood-waste?’ Nobody has the silver bullet. This is a pest that’s here, it’s in the United States, and we’re going to have to deal with it.

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