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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Democrats pored over every word to try to disqualify him for the Supreme Court. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Neomi Rao Gets Kavanaughed," 28 Jan. 2019 In her shtetl, only young boys were indulged in their maniacal pursuit of mastery that led them to spend every waking moment poring over the Talmud. WSJ, "Give No Triple Points for ‘Gender Differences’," 22 Nov. 2018 Officials were still poring over the apartment and backyard, and Shea cautioned that the investigation was still in its preliminary stages. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "4 people, including boy, fatally shot at Queens apartment building," 31 July 2018 Well before their initial encounter in a gym in Lexington, Kentucky, the two had been poring over each other’s box scores in the newspapers, comparing their stat lines. SI.com, "The Game That Started the Madness: Magic vs. Bird in 1979 Michigan State–Indiana State Final," 7 Feb. 2018 Frozen-bean advocates imagine a day when coffee aficionados can behave like wine connoisseurs, poring over long coffee menus to sample numerous vintages. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Freezing Your Coffee Beans? The Experts Say You’re Doing It All Wrong," 12 Feb. 2019 Turkish authorities grew fully certain that Mr. Khashoggi remained inside the consulate premises after poring over footage from surveillance cameras at the front and back of the building, according to a person familiar with the matter. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Missing Saudi Journalist Puts Kingdom on Collision Course With Turkey," 3 Oct. 2018 Founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk were hunkered in Silicon Valley, scrambling to scale the business by poring over data. Clay Chandler, Time, "The Meaning of Design Is up for Debate. And That’s a Good Thing," 1 Mar. 2018 After poring over hours of game film of each passer, scouts, coaches and general managers have already identified their strengths and weaknesses. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "NFL draft's top QBs all face pressing questions at scouting combine," 27 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, opt for a chemical exfoliator, like my favorite Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid, which uses gentle acids to dissolves dead skin cells, oils, and gunk from your pores. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Broken Capillaries: How to Get Rid of Them Fast," 18 Apr. 2017 For example, for those with acne-prone skin, start with the Charcoal Balancing Mask ($18) to purge pores of dirt, oil, and gunk, and then spot-treat with the Blemish Control Spot Treatment ($22), which is made with five percent benzoyl peroxide. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Amazon Launches Its First-Ever Skin-Care Line Today — and Everything's Under $40," 20 Mar. 2019 The formula packs salicylic acid, a powerhouse ingredient for unclogging pores that not only treats existing breakouts, but helps to prevent new ones from cropping up. Lisa Desantis, Health.com, "This Is Kourtney Kardashian's Favorite Foundation for Her Sensitive, Acne-Prone Skin," 6 June 2018 Follow up with a glycolic cream, like Peter Thomas Roth's clarifying solution to keep the pore from clogging back up. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Pro's Guide To Making a Blemish Vanish...Fast," 28 Nov. 2018 The tungsten then filled the pores in the resulting material, allowing it to retain the same shape and size despite the chemical changes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power," 19 Oct. 2018 To set your makeup, Hourglass made a setting powder that purportedly doesn’t settle into pores. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Here Are Hourglass Cosmetics’ New Skin-Care-Meets-Makeup Products," 26 Apr. 2018 Expert fix: Wash daily with a salicylic acid face wash to keep pores clear. Nicole Catanese, Cosmopolitan, "The 8 Most Annoying Skin Problems Every Girl Deals With," 24 Aug. 2017 Which is where this 30-minute procedure that tackles pigment, pores, redness, and sagging skin comes in. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Reverse Sun Damage, According to Dermatologists," 16 Jan. 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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The first known use of pore was in the 13th century

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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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