\ 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



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

Other Words from pore


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

Examples of pore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The researchers have gained limited experimental approval to pore through general data but the Army, Dawson says, still has no policy. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Activist groups and senators will pore over the nominee's record. Melissa Macaya, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 The committee will pore over the visitor logs from the Trump White House, discerning details that will inform their decisions on who next to subpoena, and eventually be released to the public. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 18 Feb. 2022 Stich said teams will pore through all the imagery, inspect all of the parachutes including the four mains and two drogues recovered from the CRS-24 landing, look at the documentation and see how the parachutes were rigged and packed. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Feb. 2022 Volozhin was home to the Etz Hayim yeshiva, a pioneering advanced academy for young men where pupils would pore over the Talmud, the classic rabbinic text of Jewish law. Zev Eleff, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 Who would not rather pruriently pore over a promiscuous society upstart’s past than deal with the awkward geopolitics of the day? Catherine Ostler, Town & Country, 24 Feb. 2022 Sheriff Paulk, who was not in office at the time of Kendrick's death, decided to pore over 17 boxes of evidence in an effort to dispel any myths, hoping to close the case that has divided a town. Elaine Aradillas, PEOPLE.com, 1 Feb. 2022 In 1945, John Hope Franklin visited the Archives and History building in Montgomery to pore over records there. al, 16 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The latter is complemented by the open-pore dark Paldao wood that’s used for trim. Michael Harley, Robb Report, 27 Apr. 2022 The interior takes a major step forward in design, adopting a similar look as the iX electric SUV and using plenty of exotic materials including open-pore wood and available cashmere. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 20 Apr. 2022 One of the biggest revelations over the last couple of years was switching all my products to being noncomedogenic, which means they’re formulated without potential pore-clogging ingredients. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 19 Jan. 2022 Wrapped in Atomic Silver with a Black leather interior and black open pore ornamentation, the LX 600 boasts passenger seating for seven, heated and ventilated seats, one-touch power folding rear seats and a cool box. Marc Grasso, Hartford Courant, 8 Apr. 2022 With its skin smoothing, youth-enhancing, and pore-unclogging properties, a scrub will take your skincare routine up more than a notch. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 The Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is forever a crowd-pleaser for its natural-looking, pore-blurring, and no-shine coverage. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 25 Mar. 2022 Various interior trim options include open-pore wood, gloss-black inserts, and contrasting stitching, while the Trofeo has carbon-fiber trim and a different pattern for the leather upholstery. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 22 Mar. 2022 From rich moisturizers to pore-minimizing setting sprays to waterproof eyeliners, there's a little something for every beauty lover's makeup and skincare collections. Brittany Vincent, SELF, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pore


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pore


Middle English pouren


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

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\ 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.



Kids Definition of pore (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tiny opening (as in the skin)


\ 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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