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

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The investigators pored over Mr. Steele’s old memos and his contemporaneous notes from meetings with F.B.I. agents in the fall of 2016, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Justice Dept. Watchdog Is Preparing to Deliver Verdict on the Russia Investigation," 9 July 2019 Peter Arcidiacono, Josh Kinsler and Joseph Price pored over data from nearly a million possessions in three NBA seasons to write a 2017 study published by the Journal of Labor Economics. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Lakers Have Money. Now They Have to Spend Wisely.," 27 June 2019 The left-hander spent hours poring over video looking for mechanical flaws that prevented him from throwing his curve effectively. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Caleb Ferguson regaining his form at the right time for Dodgers," 14 June 2019 The couple spent hours poring over sperm donor profiles, finally settling on an anonymous man with a clean medical record and few health issues in his family. Jacqueline Mroz, New York Times, "Their Children Were Conceived With Donated Sperm. It Was the Wrong Sperm.," 3 June 2019 Think of Johannes Kepler poring over Tycho Brahe’s tables of planetary positions and trying to discern the underlying pattern. Quanta Magazine, "How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science," 11 Mar. 2019 The spy agency's first female director also lifted the veil behind her life, discussing her affection for Johnny Cash songs, her reading preferences when not poring through CIA briefing books and her most memorable celebrity encounter. Bruce Schreiner, Fox News, "CIA director: Agency keenly focused on nation state rivals," 24 Sep. 2018 Thus, the firing now puts heat and scrutiny on Disney and Marvel Studios' vouching process—as if the production houses hadn't pored through Gunn's controversial, pre-Marvel projects, let alone his social media accounts. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Disney confirms Guardians director fired over years-old tweets," 20 July 2018 Grace’s work requires monthly trainings, a dozen police officers, more than a thousand cameras, and poring over hundreds of anonymous tips each year. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This oil-free mask also minimizes the appearance of pores. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "The best products for oily skin, according to dermatologists," 6 July 2019 Scientists at the Oak Ride National Laboratory have observed that when plants are exposed to increasing levels of CO2, the size of pores on a leaf increase. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Plants help absorb our carbon, but for how much longer?," 16 May 2019 In addition to its anti-inflammatory effects, CBD appears to decrease production of oil that clogs pores and help boost cell turnover, which encourages youthful skin and prevents fine lines and acne. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 Typically, applying too much oil on your skin may create an oil film that prevents the skin from breathing, and may even clog pores and result in breakouts. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Your Face Oil May Be Causing Breakouts And Here's Why," 12 June 2019 Working out at the gym to keep pumped to gamma-ray levels, Ferrigno sometimes saw green sweat oozing from his pores. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Marvel Comics icons talk Hulk, Stan Lee, Avengers, more," 6 Mar. 2019 The bones of our favorite fossil beasts in the Deep Time Hall were turned to stone by the addition of minerals in their pore spaces, but (as with petrified wood), some of the original biominerals are usually still there too. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Smithsonian, "How Do Fossils Form?," 8 June 2019 The building’s pores exude sweaty emanations of New York’s downtown art and poetry scene. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "‘The piece hasn’t suffered enough’," 6 June 2019 The cold compression will tighten up pores and reduce any morning (or post-drinks) swelling. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 Things You Should Be Doing for a Flawless Complexion," 3 May 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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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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