[ pawr, pohr ]
/ pɔr, poʊr /

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.

Origin of pore

1250–1300; Middle English pouren < ?



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British Dictionary definitions for poring (1 of 2)

/ (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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British Dictionary definitions for poring (2 of 2)

/ (pɔː) /


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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Medical definitions for poring

[ pôr ]


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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Scientific definitions for poring

[ 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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