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[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.
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Origin of pore1

1250–1300; Middle English pouren < ?
Can be confusedpause paws pores pours


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  • I pored over these for a long time, and then turned to the face.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • However much they pored over the map, it was still a maze of lines.

  • Wordsworth, as well as Scott, pored entranced over Percy's Reliques.

    The Balladists

    John Geddie

  • Nor did they get all this out of the guide-books which they pored over with such zest.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • When she had pored over the map she collected all the books about that region.


    Stephen French Whitman

British Dictionary definitions for pored


verb (intr)
  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 by over, on, or upon) to think deeply (about)he pored on the question of their future
  3. (foll by over, on, or upon) rare to look earnestly or intently (at); gaze fixedly (upon)
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Word Origin

C13 pouren; perhaps related to peer ²


See pour


  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
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Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore
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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.

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"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)).

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pored in Medicine


  1. A minute opening in an animal or plant tissue.
  2. One of the minute openings of the sweat glands of the skin.
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pored in Science


  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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