verb (used without object), pored, por·ing.
- porcupine fish,
- porcupine grass,
- porcupine provisions,
- porcupine river,
- pore fungus,
Origin of pore1
Examples from the Web for poring
By that evening, their staffer was poring through the files at the University of Arkansas.Hillary’s Outside Enforcers Are Led by a Former Foe|David Freedlander|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She later confessed to poring over botanical volumes in search of suitable poisons and scouring the woods for lethal mushrooms.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’|The Telegraph|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Again, most of the boys spend the travel time dozing or poring over comic books.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band|Grover Lewis|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Brunet says that so far they have spoken to 80 witnesses and are poring over some video of the crash and its aftermath.‘It Was Like Hiroshima’: A Tour Through the Quebec Town Destroyed by a Runaway Train|Christine Pelisek|July 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After Milke was convicted, her defense investigators spent 7,000 hours poring over court records.
"Let them hate, if they fear us as well," muttered Gregory poring over the mysterious phrases.Masters of the Guild|L. Lamprey
Anyhow, it is better than being chained to a desk, or growing purblind "poring over miserable books."Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)|William Delisle Hay
He was poring over a table covered with dusty papers, but he received us very affectionately.The World's Greatest Books, Vol III|Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
And, poring over these in my memory, I try to read between the lines the words that are not there, to read “I love you.”The Wings of Icarus|Laurence Alma Tadema
And Caylesham's—he held it in his fingers and looked at it with a poring scrutiny.Double Harness|Anthony Hope
Word Origin for pore
Word Origin 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)).