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 more cities and towns posting detailed project documents online, anyone with a computer can pore through traffic and environmental studies that can provide fodder for opponents. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Robocalls. Canvassing. Development efforts in Boston are looking more like political campaigns," 29 Aug. 2019 Its spokeswoman, Holly Dickson, said ACLU attorneys were poring over the order and would have a statement later Wednesday. Los Angeles Times, "Judge temporarily blocks new Arkansas antiabortion laws," 24 July 2019 Los Angeles County prosecutors, who currently are poring over evidence to build their case, are holding Garcia in lieu of an unprecedented bail of $50 million. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church," 27 June 2019 Fed officials are poring over a range of shifting signals about the economic outlook. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Weighs Wait-and-See Approach on Future Rate Increases," 6 Dec. 2018 Antti Raanta doesn’t pore over his statistics too often. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta hopes to build on his strong finish," 2 Apr. 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Not taking off your makeup at the end of the day can cause pores to get clogged, which can then lead to breakouts. Katherine Fung, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Beauty Sleep," 15 Aug. 2019 Thirsty plants, however, close off these pores to avoid losing water, which leaves them a little warmer. Jeremy Deaton, Quartz, "Artificial intelligence is transforming the way we farm," 24 July 2019 These pores also release water via transpiration, which circulates nutrients through the plant and helps cool it by evaporation. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Scientific American, "Trees Sweat to Keep Cool," 12 Apr. 2018 Others might make pores in the membrane, allowing nutrients to enter the cell. Quanta Magazine, "In Warm, Greasy Puddles, the Spark of Life?," 17 Mar. 2016 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

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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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