- to read or study with steady attention or application: a scholar poring over a rare old manuscript.
- to gaze earnestly or steadily: to pore over a painting.
- to meditate or ponder intently (usually followed by over, on, or upon): He pored over the strange events of the preceding evening.
Origin of pore1
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Examples from the Web for poring
By that evening, their staffer was poring through the files at the University of Arkansas.Hillary’s Outside Enforcers Are Led by a Former Foe
July 10, 2014
She later confessed to poring over botanical volumes in search of suitable poisons and scouring the woods for lethal mushrooms.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’
March 22, 2014
Again, most of the boys spend the travel time dozing or poring over comic books.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band
March 15, 2014
Brunet says that so far they have spoken to 80 witnesses and are poring over some video of the crash and its aftermath.‘It Was Like Hiroshima’: A Tour Through the Quebec Town Destroyed by a Runaway Train
July 15, 2013
After Milke was convicted, her defense investigators spent 7,000 hours poring over court records.Death Row Debbie Milke Could Soon Be Free
Terry Greene Sterling
May 26, 2013
Is there a frontispiece to it of "Raine poring over his own book?"
Rachel and her father were poring intently over the chess-board.The Arbiter
Lady F. E. E. Bell
I am not fond of staying in the house and poring over books and papers.Sisters Three
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
And Caylesham's—he held it in his fingers and looked at it with a poring scrutiny.Double Harness
In the centre of the ring stood Bob and Ned, poring over the pages of the book.The Motor Boys
- (foll by over) to make a close intent examination or study (of a book, map, etc)he pored over the documents for several hours
- (foll by over, on, or upon) to think deeply (about)he pored on the question of their future
- (foll by over, on, or upon) rare to look earnestly or intently (at); gaze fixedly (upon)
- anatomy zoology any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
- botany any small aperture, esp that of a stoma through which water vapour and gases pass
- any other small hole, such as a space in a rock, soil, etc
Word Origin and History for poring
"gaze intently," early 13c., of unknown origin, with no obvious corresponding word in Old French. Perhaps from Old English *purian, suggested by spyrian "to investigate, examine," and spor "a trace, vestige." Related: Pored; poring.
"minute opening," late 14c., from Old French pore (14c.) and directly from Latin porus "a pore," from Greek poros "a pore," literally "passage, way," from PIE *por- "going, passage," from root *per- "to lead, pass over" (see port (n.1)).
- A minute opening in an animal or plant tissue.
- One of the minute openings of the sweat glands of the skin.
- A tiny opening, as one in an animal's skin or on the surface of a plant leaf or stem, through which liquids or gases may pass.
- A space in soil, rock, or loose sediment that is not occupied by mineral matter and allows the passage or absorption of fluids, such as water, petroleum, or air.