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pour

[pawr, pohr] /pɔr, poʊr/
verb (used with object)
1.
to send (a liquid, fluid, or anything in loose particles) flowing or falling, as from one container to another, or into, over, or on something:
to pour a glass of milk; to pour water on a plant.
2.
to emit or propel, especially continuously or rapidly:
The hunter poured bullets into the moving object.
3.
to produce or utter in or as in a stream or flood (often followed by out):
to pour out one's troubles to a friend.
verb (used without object)
4.
to issue, move, or proceed in great quantity or number:
Crowds poured from the stadium after the game.
5.
to flow forth or along; stream:
Floodwaters poured over the embankments.
6.
to rain heavily (often used impersonally with it as subject):
It was pouring, but fortunately we had umbrellas.
noun
7.
the act of pouring.
8.
an abundant or continuous flow or stream:
a pour of invective.
9.
a heavy fall of rain.
Origin of pour
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English pouren; origin uncertain
Related forms
pourable, adjective
pourability, noun
pourer, noun
pouringly, adverb
interpour, verb (used with object)
repour, verb (used with object)
transpour, verb (used with object)
unpourable, adjective
unpoured, adjective
Can be confused
pause, paws, pores, pours.
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Examples from the Web for poured
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  • Then he got the cream, sugar and three spoons, put them on the table, and poured the coffee.

    Stopover William Gerken
  • He had a package, which he laid upon the counter while he poured out his dram.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • She poured out a glass for each of us, and we drank to each other's good health.

  • In the afternoon it began to rain; and it poured for forty-eight hours.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • He wiped his razor at last, poured some water in a bowl and doused his face.

    Ashton-Kirk, Investigator John T. McIntyre
British Dictionary definitions for poured

pour

/pɔː/
verb
1.
to flow or cause to flow in a stream
2.
(transitive) to issue, emit, etc, in a profuse way
3.
Also pour with rain, (intransitive) often foll by down. to rain heavily: it's pouring down outside
4.
(intransitive) to move together in large numbers; swarm
5.
(intransitive) to serve tea, coffee, etc: shall I pour?
6.
it never rains but it pours, events, esp unfortunate ones, come together or occur in rapid succession
7.
(informal) pour cold water on, to be unenthusiastic about or discourage
8.
pour oil on troubled waters, to try to calm a quarrel, etc
noun
9.
a pouring, downpour, etc
Derived Forms
pourer, noun
Usage note
The verbs pour and pore are sometimes confused: she poured cream over her strudel; she pored (not poured) over the manuscript
Word Origin
C13: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for poured

pour

v.

c.1300, of unknown origin, not in Old English; perhaps from Old French (Flanders dialect) purer "to sift (grain), pour out (water)," from Latin purare "to purify," from purus "pure" (see pure). Replaced Old English geotan. Intransitive sense from 1530s. Related: Poured; pouring; pourable. As a noun from 1790.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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