pore

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[ pawr, pohr ]
/ pɔr, poʊr /
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verb (used without object), pored, por·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. porcupine fish,
  2. porcupine grass,
  3. porcupine provisions,
  4. porcupine river,
  5. porcupinefish,
  6. pore fungus,
  7. porencephalia,
  8. porencephalitis,
  9. porencephaly,
  10. porgy

Origin of pore

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1250–1300; Middle English pouren < ?

SYNONYMS FOR pore
Can be confusedpause paws pores pours

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British Dictionary definitions for poring

pore

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/ (pɔː) /

verb (intr)

(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)

Word Origin for pore

C13 pouren; perhaps related to peer ²

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See pour

pore

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/ (pɔː) /

noun

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 for pore

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

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Word Origin and History for poring
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Medicine definitions for poring

pore

[ pôr ]

n.

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

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Science definitions for poring

pore

[ pôr ]

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.
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