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

Together, Zennström and Friis pored over new business ideas. Toivo Tänavsuu, Ars Technica, "“How can they be so good?”: The strange story of Skype," 3 Sep. 2018 There are no complex character abilities, no text effects to pore over, no spreadsheet-like tables of stats to consult. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Wildlands may be the slickest, simplest fantasy skirmish game ever made," 1 Dec. 2018 The interrogation will be pored over by prosecutors and defense attorneys if Cruz attempts an insanity defense or for mitigating factors if he is convicted and faces the death penalty. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "Parkland suspect: Voice told me to burn, kill, destroy," 6 Aug. 2018 In the study, published recently in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, the authors pored over historical and museum records that suggest flamingos are native to Florida. National Geographic, "Surprising Origin of American Flamingos Discovered," 10 Mar. 2018 In Huitzuco, a town in the lawless state of Guerrero, Mario Vergara, a slightly built, voluble man nicknamed the Atomic Ant, pores over medical books, training himself to recognize bones of the human skeleton. Juan Montes, WSJ, "‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.," 14 Nov. 2018 Archivists also pore over old aerial photographs in search of clues to the whereabouts of archaeological remains. The Economist, "Dry weather is helping archaeologists discover ancient sites," 12 July 2018 Roughly 175,000 employees at 8,000 locations pored over nearly 23,000 iPads, learning about the processing power of unconscious brains and the roots of unconscious bias. New York Times, "Starbucks’s Tall Order: Tackle Systemic Racism in 4 Hours," 29 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The failure of celebrity apps is one of failing to put the cat back in the bag, or the pore-minimizing secrets behind the paywall. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The Kardashian-Jenner clan are shutting down all of their subscription-based apps, effectively ending an era.," 20 Dec. 2018 Large pores are the product of two primary factors: genetics and collagen loss. Alexandra Tunell, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Minimize Your Pores," 20 July 2017 Concentrate the spray on leaf undersides, where leaf pores are more likely to be open. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Organic Fertilizer," 10 Mar. 2017 But if skin is makeup free, pores are more likely to stay in the clear and breakouts are able to heal. Nicole Catanese, Seventeen, "15 Surprising Ways to Heal a Pimple," 4 Mar. 2016 The increase in hormones during your period causes an increase in oils, which clog your pores and leads to pimples. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "7 Period Symptoms That Are Totally Normal," 5 Dec. 2018 Dermatologists do seem to agree that PRP can improve pores, acne scars, and fine lines, which have caused vampire facials to become very popular, especially at med spas like the one in New Mexico. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "“Vampire facials” are massively popular. And — surprise! — potentially dangerous.," 14 Sep. 2018 Cold air also tightens pores, reduces circulation, and reduces sebum production. Allison Duncan, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dry or Dehydrated, According to Experts," 22 Aug. 2018 According to Julianne, fabric softener engrains itself into the fibers of your clothes, clogging the pores of the material. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "9 Things To Know Before Throwing Gym Clothes In The Laundry," 2 Aug. 2018

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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 \
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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