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pour

[pawr, pohr]
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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to issue, move, or proceed in great quantity or number: Crowds poured from the stadium after the game.
  2. to flow forth or along; stream: Floodwaters poured over the embankments.
  3. to rain heavily (often used impersonally with it as subject): It was pouring, but fortunately we had umbrellas.
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noun
  1. the act of pouring.
  2. an abundant or continuous flow or stream: a pour of invective.
  3. a heavy fall of rain.
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Origin of pour

1300–50; Middle English pouren; origin uncertain
Related formspour·a·ble, adjectivepour·a·bil·i·ty, nounpour·er, nounpour·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·pour, verb (used with object)re·pour, verb (used with object)trans·pour, verb (used with object)un·pour·a·ble, adjectiveun·poured, adjective
Can be confusedpause paws pores pours
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British Dictionary definitions for pouring

pour

verb
  1. to flow or cause to flow in a stream
  2. (tr) to issue, emit, etc, in a profuse way
  3. Also: pour with rain (intr often foll by down) to rain heavilyit's pouring down outside
  4. (intr) to move together in large numbers; swarm
  5. (intr) to serve tea, coffee, etcshall I pour?
  6. it never rains but it pours events, esp unfortunate ones, come together or occur in rapid succession
  7. pour cold water on informal to be unenthusiastic about or discourage
  8. pour oil on troubled waters to try to calm a quarrel, etc
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noun
  1. a pouring, downpour, etc
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Derived Formspourer, noun

Word Origin

C13: of unknown origin

usage

The verbs pour and pore are sometimes confused: she poured cream over her strudel; she pored (not poured) over the manuscript
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Word Origin and History for pouring

adj.

"raining heavily," c.1600, present participle adjective from pour (v.).

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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.

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Idioms and Phrases with pouring

pour

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