- 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 pored
In my search for answers about who I was, I pored over religious texts in search of enlightenment.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
His two collections, The Point (1995) and The Dead Fish Museum (2006), were hailed by critics and pored over by fans.Charles D’Ambrosio’s X-Ray Vision Is On Full Display In His New Essay Collection.
November 14, 2014
Like a million other Hunger Games fans, Summerville pored over the novel, attempting to “visualize and figure out certain looks.”The ‘Catching Fire’ Costume Designer Talks the Dark Turn in ‘Hunger Games’ Fashion
November 22, 2013
After keeping tally of the changes during a screening, I pored over them with Rosenberg.Behind the Scenes of New Moon
November 20, 2009
I pored over these for a long time, and then turned to the face.Wilfrid Cumbermede
However much they pored over the map, it was still a maze of lines.The Shadow of a Crime
Wordsworth, as well as Scott, pored entranced over Percy's Reliques.The Balladists
Nor did they get all this out of the guide-books which they pored over with such zest.The Market-Place
When she had pored over the map she collected all the books about that region.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
- (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 pored
"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.