pore

verb
\ ˈpȯr How to pronounce pore (audio) \
pored; poring

Definition of pore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to gaze intently
2 : to read or study attentively usually used with over
3 : to reflect or meditate steadily

pore

noun

Definition of pore (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a minute opening especially in an animal or plant especially : one by which matter passes through a membrane
2 : a small interstice (as in soil) admitting absorption or passage of liquid

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Other Words from pore

Noun

pored \ ˈpȯrd How to pronounce pored (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Koh applied for the clinic's free legal services and within a week, a small fleet of law students were poring over her agreement. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Meet the UCLA Program That Offers Free Legal Services to Indie Artists, Labels," 27 Jan. 2020 Fleshman pored over her training records looking for a clue, and asked probing questions about what else in Mehra’s life might be affecting her. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Mystery of the Pro Runner and the Electric Shock," 26 Jan. 2020 To construct the type of trenches that millions of soldiers called home during World War, Gassner pored over some 50,000 archival images and spent two weeks in France. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "Inside ‘1917’: Designing a World War I Battlefield," 2 Jan. 2020 Nick U’Ren, then a special assistant to Kerr, was poring over video of how San Antonio upset LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the 2014 championship. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Memorable moments: Warriors’ dynasty takes flight with a bold decision," 30 Dec. 2019 The scientists pored over 40 years of data sets detailing births, deaths, and various events in the lives of two orca populations that live off the coasts of Washington State and British Columbia. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Why do orca grandmothers live so long? It's for their grandkids.," 9 Dec. 2019 Al enjoys poring over menus and cocktail books from bygone eras, touring the New English countryside, and cooking for her partner at home. Al Culliton, Bon Appétit, "A French 75 Will Make New Year's Feel Fancy, Even If You're Wearing Pajamas," 26 Dec. 2019 Following that 1981 piece, Popular Mechanics seemed to have taken a sabbatical from poring over the possible aviators that may or may not have beaten the Wrights to the punch and to the skies. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Long, Complicated History of the Very First Flight," 17 Dec. 2019 His team had picked apart samples, classifying cells, poring over tissue swirls. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Families are reeling after FDA rejects therapy for kids born without a thymus gland," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This will keep the clogged pores away for face and hair. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "15 Beauty Resolutions I Plan To Keep In 2020, And You Should Too," 1 Jan. 2020 Using a Clarisonic is a sure fire way to get grit out of your pores. CNN Underscored, "The best Cyber Monday deals to shop on Amazon," 2 Dec. 2019 The gentle chemical exfoliator keeps my pores clear, helps with my pigment issues, and never irritates my skin. Nicole Catanese, Marie Claire, "This Is the Dewy Skin Routine I’ll Be Using All Winter Long," 11 Nov. 2019 In fact, exfoliation removes the outer layers of dead skin cells, helping to brighten and smooth the face, even out pigmentation, unclog pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Dr. Bridges explains. Dina Cheney, SELF, "Here's Exactly How and When to Use 5 Basic Skin-Care Staples," 4 Oct. 2019 The scary-sounding yet widely beloved skin-care ingredient fights acne and inflammation while unclogging pores and exfoliating. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "A Redditor Says Benzoyl Peroxide Cream Turned Her Brown Eyebrows Blonde," 23 Aug. 2019 Beyond its antibacterial properties, the gel has salicylic acid, an exfoliant that unclogs pores and acts as an anti-inflammatory on acne-producing oil glands. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel, According to Dermatologists," 8 July 2019 Instead, opt for lukewarm water to gently open pores while cleansing, then finish with a cold rinse to tighten them. Liz Krieger, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Anti-Aging Skin Secrets From Top Facialists," 26 Nov. 2015 The potent antioxidant has a long list of benefits like helping to tighten your pores, fight signs of aging, lighten up dark spots, and even reduce acne. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Busy Philipps is ‘Obsessed’ With This Olay Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer—and It's Only $30 at Walmart," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pore

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pore

Verb

Middle English pouren

Noun

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore — more at fare

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Time Traveler for pore

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The first known use of pore was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

9 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pore. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for pore

pore

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pore

: a very small opening on the surface of your skin that liquid comes out through when you sweat
: a small opening on the surface of a plant, a rock, etc.

pore

verb
\ ˈpȯr How to pronounce pore (audio) \
pored; poring

Kids Definition of pore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to read with great attention : study I pored over my book.

pore

noun

Kids Definition of pore (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tiny opening (as in the skin)

pore

noun
\ ˈpō(ə)r, ˈpȯ(ə)r How to pronounce pore (audio) \

Medical Definition of pore

: a minute opening especially in an animal or plant especially : one by which matter passes through a membrane

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