to send (a liquid, fluid, or anything in loose particles) flowing or falling, as from one container to another, or into, over, or on something: to pour a glass of milk; to pour water on a plant.
to emit or propel, especially continuously or rapidly: The hunter poured bullets into the moving object.
to produce or utter in or as in a stream or flood (often followed by out): to pour out one's troubles to a friend.
to issue, move, or proceed in great quantity or number: Crowds poured from the stadium after the game.
to flow forth or along; stream: Floodwaters poured over the embankments.
to rain heavily (often used impersonally with it as subject): It was pouring, but fortunately we had umbrellas.
the act of pouring.
an abundant or continuous flow or stream: a pour of insults.
a heavy fall of rain.
a wine or other beverage: a list of the best pours.
- pour·a·ble, adjective
- pour·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- pourer, noun
- pour·ing·ly, adverb
- in·ter·pour, verb (used with object)
- re·pour, verb (used with object)
- un·pour·a·ble, adjective
- un·poured, adjective
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How to use pour in a sentence
As zealots poured in from Arkansas and Mississippi, a wire service reporter got punched in the ribs.
He poured millions into building Foxcatcher Farm, a wrestling facility boasting top-of-the-line weight machines.
Sweat poured from underneath his helmet and down the thin points of his sandy blond hair.
Tumid and unstoppable, there is little that new wallpaper or re-poured driveways can do to disguise it.
To get there Tata poured capital into British plants and research and hired thousands of workers.
The clock struck ten, and clerks poured in faster than ever, each one in a greater perspiration than his predecessor.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
There wanted but a month to the acceptable season when claims upon the house poured in which could not be put off.
She poured out some chocolate, took it hurriedly, and quitted the room, leaving her husband in a disheartening reverie.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
His pacing had brought him to the opposite end of the board, where stood the cup of wine madame had poured for Marius.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
The skirmishers crept carefully forward, and at the word poured a volley into the bushes across the stream.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for pour
to flow or cause to flow in a stream
(tr) to issue, emit, etc, in a profuse way
Also: pour with rain (intr often foll by down) to rain heavily: it's pouring down outside
(intr) to move together in large numbers; swarm
(intr) to serve tea, coffee, etc: shall I pour?
it never rains but it pours events, esp unfortunate ones, come together or occur in rapid succession
pour cold water on informal to be unenthusiastic about or discourage
pour oil on troubled waters to try to calm a quarrel, etc
a pouring, downpour, etc
- pourer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with pour
In addition to the idioms beginning with pour
- pour cold water on
- pour oil on troubled waters
- pour on the coal
- pour out one's heart
- it never rains but it pours
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