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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to seek for hollows underground by ramming the ground and observing the vibrations," 1929, ultimately from Scottish word boss "hollow, empty" (1510s), earlier a noun meaning "small cask, wine flask" (late 14c.).


vb. (context usually archaeology English) To strike the ground with an object in order to determine, from the resulting sounds, what lies underground.


Bose may refer to:

  • Bose Corporation, an audio company
  • Bose (crater), a lunar crater
  • Bose (film), a 2004 Tamil-language film starring Srikanth and Sneha
  • Bose (surname), a surname (and list of people with the name)
  • Baise, or Bose, a prefecture-level city in Guangxi, China
  • Bose, Poland
  • Bose Monastic Community, a monastic community at Bose, Magnano, Biella, Italy
Bose (crater)

Bose is a lunar impact crater that is located on the far side of the Moon, in the southern hemisphere. It lies just to the northwest of the smaller crater Bhabha, and southeast of Alder.

The outer rim of Bose has become worn and the edges rounded by impacts, although the shape of the wall is still well-preserved. The small satellite crater Bose D lies across the east-northeastern rim, and a smaller craterlet has impacted on the inner southeast wall. The inner floor is level with a low central peak offset slightly to the southeast of the midpoint. There are several tiny craterlets marking the interior, including three to the east of the central peak.

Bose (surname)

Bose or Basu or Boshu is a surname found amongst Bengali Hindus.

Boses belong to Kayastha caste in Bengal. The Bengali Kayasthas evolved as a caste from a category of officials or scribes, between the 5th/6th century AD and 11th/12th century AD, its component elements being putative Kshatriyas and mostly Brahmins. Boses are considered as Kulin Kayasthas, along with Ghoshes, Mitras and Guhas.

Bose (film)

Bose is a 2004 Indian Tamil action film written and directed by Senthil Kumar. It stars Srikanth and Sneha in lead and Kalabhavan Mani, Nagesh, 'Thalaivaasal' Vijay and Manicka Vinayagam in supporting roles. It did reasonable business at the box-office. Upon release, the film was dubbed into Telugu as Rakshana and released in 2005, the film was also dubbed in Hindi as Commando - The Force. The film was also remade in Kannada as Yodha and released in 2009. Bose follows the path of a soldier after he is fired after an incident where he injures a politician attempting to rape a girl. The politician hires thugs to take him down while the soldier attempts to take down the greedy politician.

Usage examples of "bose".

Bose, shot down at his desk, his confidential collaborator, Edgar Jung, who had been arrested a few days earlier by the Gestapo, murdered in prison, another collaborator, Erich Klausener, leader of Catholic Action, slain in his office in the Ministry of Communications, and the rest of his staff, including his private secretary, Baroness Stotzingen, carted off to concentration camp.

No one in the Fourth Alliance, or in the Cecropia Federation whose boundary lay much closer to the Gulf, knew that those Bose nodes were there.

Bose had found an ingenious way to rederive the law of radiation that Max Planck had originally worked out in 1900, the theoretical breakthrough that had started the quantum revolution.

But right now, sitting across a table from an obviously unstable Dudley Bose, Stig felt as if he was being manipulated into that very position.

India has produced great scientists such as Bose and Chandrasekhar, but such names came from the tiny class at the top of a great population pyramid.

No Polypheme would ever expose itself to the totally avoidable risk of attempting a Bose transition with an invalid digit string.

It contained many thousands of Bose point references within the Sag Arm, many of which doubtless follow the Polypheme custom of providing spurious data to confuse other would-be users.

Ambassador Bose wondered briefly if he should have first given the floor to Professor Davidson, as senior scientist and the only astronomer.

The Italian radio has claimed at least once that Bose is in Japanese territory.

The two questions hardest to answer are: if Bose is in Japanese territory, why this elaborate effort to make it appear that he is in Berlin, where he is comparatively ineffectual?

Then the question arises, if the Russians had previously passed Bose through, did they afterwards tip us off when they came into the war on our side?

There were twelve Bose speakers placed strategically down in the cabin, all connected to an antique Fisher vacuum tube-driven 2,000-watt audio-amplifier, which was set up in the attic of the cabin.

They were just one Bose Transition away from the region of the Torvil Anfract.

A big green Boston fern beside the Bose speakers looked as though it had just taken a vitamin pill.

On top of the matching bureau was a smaller television, and one of those nifty-keen Bose Wave radio/CD players.