- 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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- a minute opening or orifice, as in the skin or a leaf, for perspiration, absorption, etc.
- a minute interstice, as in a rock.
Origin of pore2
Examples from the Web for pore
Had there not been photographs and memorabilia to pore over, dancing would have been the only sensible option.The Cult of Blondie: Debbie Harry’s Very Special New York Picture Show
October 1, 2014
It gave me license to pore over raw tape, again and again, to absorb the subtle clues of human behavior.We Interrupt This Broadcast: How a TV Producer Learned to Write Fiction
September 9, 2014
It is great fun to pore over clues and tunnel into a tree trunk like termites, and I am not apologizing for a guilty pleasure.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
It is advice to sift, pore over, and weigh up, with a view to us deciding for ourselves.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature
November 29, 2013
The paranoia he unleashed was so overwhelming that it seeped into every pore of society, including the Pendle witch trials.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 30, 2013
Thomas Flynn, Jimmy So
September 30, 2013
Well, you may; you can take your books to the library, and have a long evening to pore over them.
I sank upon the steps; every pore in my body was a fountain of cold sweat: "Have whom?"The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Perspiring from every pore, we labour manfully on to the bitter end.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
In each group the spores are borne on the lining of the pore.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
"Let me put the pore thing to bed; she's allus used to me," said the woman piteously.The Christian
- (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 pore
"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.