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

In the course of two days, Lopez spoke for hours at a stretch, with clarity and unguardedness; having spent years in psychoanalysis, he is practiced in poring over his experiences. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "How Matthew Lopez Transformed “Howards End” Into an Epic Play About Gay Life," 2 Sep. 2019 The spa also offers hot stone massages and custom facials to keep your muscles and pores happy too. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Out of Things to Do in Montauk? Head to Newport, Rhode Island," 31 Aug. 2019 He's pored over tapes of every game from last season, looking for ways to streamline his mental approach. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Now the face of college football, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence getting used to spotlight," 26 Aug. 2019 Safran’s results for the first half of 2019, due on September 5th, will be pored over for signs of trouble. The Economist, "Boeing’s troubles cost the aerospace industry $4bn a quarter," 22 Aug. 2019 Lawyers for both sides wrote briefs and memoranda on the legal issues involved, pored through mountains of past cases, and probably even worked long into nights and weekends to meet deadlines. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Tax on the National Psyche," 21 Aug. 2019 Bennett called the investigation a slow process in which officials are methodically talking to contacts and poring over financial records. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "The Gilroy killer’s mind: FBI follows digital trail in quest for answers," 31 July 2019 His parents — his father was a civil servant, and his mother was a teacher — amassed a sizable library that included illustrated volumes on art, which Mr. Pelli pored over in his youth. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "César Pelli, celebrated architect of sweep and harmony, dies at 92," 19 July 2019 The Johns Hopkins team got help from 17 additional education experts from nearby and out of state, plus two parent representatives, who visited schools and pored over data. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "After Biting Report, Providence Looks to Lift Failing School District," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This Smashbox primer is a clear gel that smooths and blurs fine lines and pores, helping foundation glide onto the skin and blend seamlessly. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "15 must-have beauty products that are finally on sale—this weekend only," 17 Aug. 2019 That excess oil can clog pores, leading to a breakout. Deanna Pai, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Spot Treatments to Save Your Skin from Breaking Out While Traveling," 5 Aug. 2019 Heavy formulas can suffocate and clog pores, which can become a breeding ground for bacteria that leads to breakouts. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 Things You Should Be Doing for a Flawless Complexion," 3 May 2019 The key features of this molecular wizardry are pores, called stomata, in plant leaves. Quanta Magazine, "Forests Emerge as a Major Overlooked Climate Factor," 9 Oct. 2018 With a close inspection, the researchers noticed a subtle difference in the spacing of the leeches’ accessory pores. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "A New Species of Leech Is Discovered Near Washington, D.C.," 15 Aug. 2019 The yeast was cultivated from the pores of ancient ceramic pots that were once used for beer and bread making, Blackley explained on Twitter. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Scientist bakes sourdough bread with 4,500-year-old yeast found in Egyptian pottery," 7 Aug. 2019 In fact, any additional products could clog the pores on or around your scalp and potentially lead to acne. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Are You Moisturizing Your Skin Correctly?," 2 Aug. 2019 Not content with already controlling the entire contents of your makeup bag with Kylie Cosmetics, and refining the pores on your actual facial surface with Kylie Skin, Kylie Jenner is now coming for the rest of your life. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Is Coming For Your Liquor, Furniture, Wine, and Kitchen," 5 July 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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