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

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As a junior corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell, a law firm in New York, John Bick remembers spending most of his waking hours poring over contracts looking for clauses that could complicate or kill off a deal. The Economist, "Law firms climb aboard the AI wagon," 12 July 2018 With her face illuminated just by the glow of her MacBook, Kayla pores over that most dreadful and magical of places: the internet. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Eighth Grade Is a Mesmerizing, Heartfelt Portrait of Teenhood," 12 July 2018 Lynch has been unearthing and poring over old records in preparation for the anniversary celebration, tentatively scheduled for Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale American Legion restoring statue with new medallion, nearly 90 years after original was stolen," 10 July 2018 Costner recounts how his movie deviated from the Michael Blake novel that inspired it, with the officer’s harrowing end, and the two directors pore over details of the stand-out moment. Chris Barton, latimes.com, "Taylor Sheridan and Kevin Costner examine another dark side of America in 'Yellowstone'," 20 June 2018 Investigators dug deeper, poring over nearly 900 records of IPF patients at that clinic over a 21-year period and found the nine patients with the common work history. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Dentists keep dying from a lung disease, but no one knows why," 11 Mar. 2018 Cox immersed herself in the archives of rural county court houses, poring through 200-year-old deed books, poking around the basements of libraries. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Unheralded Pioneers of 19th-Century America Were Free African-American Families," 19 June 2018 Prior to the selection, McConnell spoke to White House officials about the volume of material from the judge’s career that would need to be pored through, according to people familiar with the process. Author: Greg Stohr And Andrew Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is a Washington insider and regulation skeptic," 10 July 2018 Allenby’s team pored over aerial imagery, road maps, and zoning charts to establish rules, classify objects, and scrub errors. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The trick is to remove the layers of dead skin cells and dirt that are blocking your pores — and your skin's natural glow. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "Your Clear Skin Countdown: 30 Pro Tips for Getting Rid of Acne Fast," 17 Oct. 2017 By constantly keeping your skin free of dirt, oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells that can block your pores and ruin your life day. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan, "15 Acne-Causing Behaviors You Didn’t Even Know You Were Doing," 10 Jan. 2017 Too much product can clog pores (especially if the moisturizers aren’t non-comedogenic). Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 9 Best Skin-Care Tips I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Being a Beauty Editor," 13 July 2018 Vargas warns that mineral oil is a chronic offender, and Dr. Tanzi adds that olive oil and the oil du jour, coconut, easily clog pores, too. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 Everyone, no matter their skin type, needs to wash their face every evening before going to bed to remove SPF, makeup, oil, and debris that can clog pores and interfere with the cell renewal that happens at night. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to use a skin cleanser and see results," 3 July 2018 The subtle yet shimmery, creamy sunscreen doesn't clog pores and is crafted be layered under your makeup. Upgrade your morning routine Give your daily routine a boost with M-61's new Hydraboost Moisturizer. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "5 SPF trends your face needs this summer," 29 June 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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