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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With many of those guests smiling in photos against the backdrop of Ibiza, Mallorca or Capri for his 72,000 followers, poring over Geffen's Insta has become a Hollywood pastime. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "How David Geffen's Yacht Photos Became a "Status Thing" in Hollywood," 23 Aug. 2019 But the possibility of creating organs that are a better match for their human recipients keeps his lab and others poring over stem cells and embryos, hoping to narrow the species divide. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Embryo experiments take ‘baby steps’ toward growing human organs in livestock," 26 June 2019 Then Logan sidles up to Olson's desk and the two lean over the surface, poring over box plots. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "This Arizona school has just one student. Here's what her day is like.," 12 June 2019 At coffee or tea times there were little groups of people poring over ridiculous-to-fantastic sprout positions. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 According to an article from Reuters earlier this year, Kroger has a team of 400 employees who develop its private-label products, poring over sales data to pounce on new trends. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Mysterious Economics of Face Wash," 6 Sep. 2019 The boat will be lifted onto a barge and taken to an undetermined location where investigators will pore over clues. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Officials try to lift Conception from depths, release boat fire victim list," 6 Sep. 2019 To get an idea of exactly what's worth adding to cart during the e-tailer's massive sale, our beauty team pored over the options to narrow down the frankly absurd number of choices. Glamour, "Dermstore's Anniversary Sale Has So Many Great Beauty Deals," 16 Aug. 2019 But that optimism faded as traders and analysts pored over the details of Deutsche’s strategy. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Deutsche Bank’s shares sink as investors reckon with the scale of its restructuring," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This bacteria can move into the pores if a person is using an eyelash curler to squeeze out blackheads. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "People Are Using Eyelash Curlers to Remove Blackheads and Plump Their Lips—Here’s Why This Is a Terrible Idea," 15 July 2019 Formulated with salicylic acid in addition to clay, this mask works in five minutes to deeply clean and unclog pores without irritation. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "The best products for oily skin, according to dermatologists," 6 July 2019 There's nothing worse than waking up in the morning and all of your makeup has soaked into your pores. Mehera Bonner, Seventeen, "Exclusive: Shay Mitchell Tells Us *Exactly* How to Get Her Flawless Skin," 1 Apr. 2016 Parasitologists typically rely on the arrangement of pores on the bottom of leeches’ bodies to help distinguish species. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "A New Species of Leech Is Discovered Near Washington, D.C.," 15 Aug. 2019 Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI – contains retinols and retinoids that promote skin collagen and elastin, and also minimizes the appearance of pores. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Are Those Watermelon Infused Skincare Products Worth Your Coins?," 5 Aug. 2019 And coffee, because of the caffeine, can minimize the appearance of pores by drying out the skin. Sarah Digiulio, NBC News, "Are those trendy face masks actually doing anything for your skin?," 12 July 2019 Its Japanese wild rose helps shrink the appearance of pores, while Hadasei-3, its bioactive trinity complex comprised of rice, green tea, and algae, reinvigorates the skin for a lit-from-within finish. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Sunscreens That Will Also Give You a Glow," 15 May 2019 Now, there are pitchers coming out of every pore of the clubhouse, dugout, and bullpen. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Expanded bullpen could make for endless games down the stretch," 4 Sep. 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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