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 pore (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That expert will pore over every significant detail, verifying dozens of inspection points, including the crown, bezel, dial, case, clasp/buckle, hands, end links, and serial number of your new watch. CNN Underscored, "Shop with confidence for your high-end timepiece through eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee," 30 Mar. 2021 In the meantime, engineers will pore over every bit of data about the incidents, with lawyers—for the shipping lines, the insurance companies, and the companies whose goods were lost—looking over their shoulders. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor," 20 Mar. 2021 That leaves regulators about three weeks to pore over a large and complex application that includes clinical and manufacturing data. New York Times, "Covid-19: Third U.S. Vaccine Moves Closer as Johnson & Johnson Seeks F.D.A. Green Light," 5 Feb. 2021 But during the two years since her husband’s kidnapping trial, prosecutors continued to pore over the data in the Moorers’ phone records. Amanda Karrh, ABC News, "South Carolina love triangle: A woman's affair with a married man leads to her disappearance," 5 Mar. 2021 The experience is more like going to an exhibition, stopping to pore over a map, skipping over a diagram, going back to check labels, taking a breath before entering another room. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, "The Reader of Rocks," 23 Feb. 2021 Insurance is notoriously complicated, and few people have the time or desire to pore over their policies. Sarah Schlichter, chicagotribune.com, "5 things agents wish people knew about insurance," 4 Mar. 2021 Fan accounts are dedicated to his work and HF Twitter users pore over every shoot, image, and reference. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Hugo Comte Releases His First Career Monograph, With Help from Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid," 22 Feb. 2021 Not everyone cares about them like those of us who pore over the sports pages of the Boston Globe (bless you, by the way, every one of you). Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s time for the NHL and NBA to call it a season," 28 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Paye, a former Cardinal defensive standout who helped Stanford to the 1992 title as a freshman, worked closely with Wilson to break down Stanford’s defensive philosophy and pore over scouting reports. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Stanford's Anna Wilson finds joy, purpose in defense. We should celebrate her for it.," 29 Mar. 2021 The goal is to impart maximum results, whether targeting pigment, texture, pore size, or wrinkles, using the least aggressive means necessary. Jessica Ourisman, Allure, "How to Take Care of Your Skin After an In-Office Laser Treatment," 18 Mar. 2021 King says that retinol in particular works to increase collagen, pore size and help dead skin turnover. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "27 products that tackle your skin care concerns overnight," 15 Mar. 2021 Even the woodwork is more understated, with a move to softer, open-pore veneers. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost: Everything We Know About the Marque’s Most Spirited Model to Date," 9 Mar. 2021 Both ingredients promise to do away with pesky breakouts, dry up pore-clogging sebum, and prevent future pimples from making an appearance. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "Benzoyl Peroxide vs. Salicylic Acid: The Benefits, Differences, and Uses," 4 Mar. 2021 Long gone are the days when applying sunscreen meant donning a greasy, pore-clogging mask with a side of ashiness and telltale white smears. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "We Reviewed the 21 Best Sunscreens of 2021," 4 Mar. 2021 The front seat is roomy, and nicely trimmed with aluminum accents, open-pore wood, Milano leather and contrast stitching. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Acura’s sleek and sporty 2022 MDX gets luxury brand’s SUV back on track," 6 Feb. 2021 Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer, to prevent pore clogging. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads, According to Skincare Pros and Dermatologists," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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2 Apr 2021

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“Pore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pore. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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