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pore

1

[ pawr, pohr ]

verb (used without object)

, pored, por·ing.
  1. to read or study with steady attention or application:

    a scholar poring over a rare old manuscript.

  2. to gaze earnestly or steadily:

    to pore over a painting.

  3. to meditate or ponder intently (usually followed by over, on, or upon ):

    He pored over the strange events of the preceding evening.

    Synonyms: examine, peruse, scrutinize, ponder



pore

2

[ pawr, pohr ]

noun

  1. a minute opening or orifice, as in the skin or a leaf, for perspiration, absorption, etc.
  2. a minute interstice, as in a rock.

pore

1

/ pɔː /

verb

  1. foll by over to make a close intent examination or study (of a book, map, etc)

    he pored over the documents for several hours

  2. foll byover, on, or upon to think deeply (about)

    he pored on the question of their future

  3. rare.
    foll byover, on, or upon to look earnestly or intently (at); gaze fixedly (upon)


pore

2

/ pɔː /

noun

  1. anatomy zoology any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
  2. botany any small aperture, esp that of a stoma through which water vapour and gases pass
  3. any other small hole, such as a space in a rock, soil, etc

pore

/ pôr /

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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Usage

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Other Words From

  • porelike adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pore1

1250–1300; Middle English pouren < ?

Origin of pore2

1350–1400; Middle English poore < Late Latin porus < Greek póros passage; emporium, ford
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pore1

C13 pouren; perhaps related to peer ²

Origin of pore2

C14: from Late Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore
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Example Sentences

The bigger story can be found in poring over the data to see which industries are growing, and which aren’t.

From Fortune

To investigate how sharks have been doing around the globe, Pacoureau and his colleagues pored over scientific papers, government reports, and other records and examined how the populations of different shark and ray species have changed over time.

Guzzone said lawmakers will look program by program as they pore over details in the thick budget books to ensure that the state is doing enough to help those who are in need.

Hours of video posted on social media and pored over by investigators have focused on individuals in military-style gear moving together.

The General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, will begin poring over the budget Wednesday.

Had there not been photographs and memorabilia to pore over, dancing would have been the only sensible option.

It gave me license to pore over raw tape, again and again, to absorb the subtle clues of human behavior.

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.

It is advice to sift, pore over, and weigh up, with a view to us deciding for ourselves.

The paranoia he unleashed was so overwhelming that it seeped into every pore of society, including the Pendle witch trials.

When I shifted my position, he turned the other way quick, and coughed–that pore little gone-in cough of hisn.

He bowed and sat down, white and perspiring at every pore, and hardly knowing to what he had committed himself.

He read the document again, and felt the perspiration oozing out of every pore.

"Hit's the pore house fer a cow hand," was his terse aphorism on the subject, and Landy had never seen a "fitten" poor house.

The pore little man was a thought too fond of wine and spirits; and many and many's the night that I've had to support him home.

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