pore

verb
\ˈpȯr \
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 \ adjective

Examples of pore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Great story, total codswallop, says Skaife, who has pored through the archives and found zip. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 Noticeably absent from the citation: the woman who pored through all those records and made the actual discovery. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3 million prize for discovering pulsars," 6 Sep. 2018 Armchair sleuths convened in private Facebook forums to pore over each detail of the case and each seemingly idyllic image on Jen’s feed looking for answers and doling out pop psychology diagnoses. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 2018 Spielberg and his team may have pored over the texture, richness and detail of this world, this game, but not the characters, or their story within it. Katie Walsh, idahostatesman, "‘Ready Player One’ can’t be a winner without stakes | Idaho Statesman," 29 Mar. 2018 In 2016, Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo thrashed champion Lee Sedol at the ancient board game Go after poring over millions of positions from tens of thousands of human games. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "AI Keeps Mastering Games, But Can It Win in the Real World?," 27 Feb. 2018 He was also said to have a voluminous record of writings that in itself could slow down the process of confirmation as Senate staffers pore through them. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Kethledge passed over by Trump for Supreme Court," 9 July 2018 The firm collected multiple devices, including laptops and mobile phones, and pored through text messages and emails. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "The Story of the Wife Who Defended Her Husband in a Way That Left Him Unemployed," 7 June 2018 Claudia Flores, director of the University of Chicago’s International Human Rights Clinic, said three law students pored through hundreds of pages of documents. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "Abuse of immigrant children alleged in documents examined by Chicago law students," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The brand's cult, best-selling formula is now infused with discreet pearl pigments for a 12-hour, radiant wear that won't settle into pores and fine lines. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Face Powders That Will Replace Your Foundation This Fall," 20 Aug. 2018 Bachelor Nation’s Ashley Iaconetti just shared one of her favorite things to help with clogged pores. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "The Acne Treatment The Bachelor's Ashley Iaconetti Swears By for Stubborn Chin Breakouts," 27 June 2018 The innocuous oil deeply hydrates skin (without suffocating your pores) with fatty acids that also fade acne scars and reduce redness. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Best Face Oil for Every Single Skin Type," 11 July 2018 For the hydration-starved, this hyaluronic concentrated booster serum is like a weekend retreat to a water park for your pores. Allure Editors, Allure, "The Best New Beauty Products This Month," 9 July 2018 Even better, taking a warm shower (or bath!) opens up your pores, making the actual process less painful. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "12 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Bikini Wax," 6 July 2018 Rather, female mosquitos, which are the ones that bite, are attracted to the scent of carbon dioxide, which all humans emit through their pores. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "Here’s Why You Are a Mosquito Magnet," 5 July 2018 The clog starts with dead skin cells that get trapped together inside a pore by sebum, oil that keeps your skin from drying out. Korin Miller, SELF, "This College Student Is Using Selfies to Help Normalize Acne," 25 Jan. 2018 Prevent breakouts After washing your face to open the pores, massage a few drops of castor oil into your skin and rinse in the morning, or spot-treat your acne with castor oil and a cotton swab. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways Castor Oil Can Boost The Appearance Of Your Hair And Skin—Plus The Best Organic Brand To Try," 19 July 2017

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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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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 \
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 \

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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