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 And Wheaton, who made a habit of staying in on Thursday nights to study film, was poring over the UW red-zone tendencies in his apartment. oregonlive, "Canzano: A 25-year twist in Oregon Ducks‘ football history," 17 Oct. 2019 In a secret ballot the parliament’s legal-affairs committee, charged with poring over the nominees’ financial declarations before hearings begin, declared him unfit to be commissioner. The Economist, "Two European Commission nominees fall at the first hurdle," 3 Oct. 2019 Over the years, Fat Bear Week has grown into a cult competition, with fans poring over live footage of the bears hosted at Explore.org to debate the merits of each chubby cubby. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "It’s Fat Bear Week!," 2 Oct. 2019 Pieces of the boat have been sent to labs for more tests, and investigators are poring through hundreds of documents seized from the boat’s operator, Truth Aquatics Inc., the official said. BostonGlobe.com, "Official: Exam doesn’t find cause of boat fire - The Boston Globe," 29 Sep. 2019 Of course, the use of computers to aid in scientific research goes back about 75 years, and the method of manually poring over data in search of meaningful patterns originated millennia earlier. Wired, "AI Algorithms Are Now Shockingly Good at Doing Science," 17 Mar. 2019 Of course, the use of computers to aid in scientific research goes back about 75 years, and the method of manually poring over data in search of meaningful patterns originated millennia earlier. Dan Falk, WIRED, "AI Algorithms Are Now Shockingly Good at Doing Science," 17 Mar. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pore-detoxing mask The natural alpha hydroxy acids in papaya naturally exfoliate dead skin cells and help dissolve impurities deep down in pores. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, "Natural DIY Face Masks for Every Skin Type and Concern," 7 Nov. 2019 Gore-Tex had pores small enough to block a water droplet but large enough for the water molecules in vapor to pass through. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "The North Face’s new fabric is the latest attempt in an endless struggle to stay dry," 31 Oct. 2019 The bacteria from the brush will then be transferred to your skin and cause skin imperfections, breakouts and clogged pores. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "The Best Tricks to Clean Your Makeup Brushes After Halloween," 31 Oct. 2019 The NC State team makes the material by immersing the steel-steel CMF within a hydrophobic epoxy resin and then using vacuum forces to draw the resin into both the hollow spheres and smaller pores. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Steel Foam Could Make Airplane Wings Better," 21 Oct. 2019 Remnants may be hiding underneath the surface, and large pores are a sign. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Compact," 10 Oct. 2019 Clogged pores cause dullness, so get rid of all of the dirt, oil, and pollution dimming your glow. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's How To Get Beautiful Glowing Skin Overnight," 1 Oct. 2019 Loofah retains water very well—its pores function like tiny water tanks to provide adequate moisture, which reduces the temperature of the material. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Will Your Home Soon Be Made of Green Charcoal Bricks?," 22 Sep. 2019 Decades later, the fruit of their labors is ready for picking: apple variety WA38, better known as the Cosmic Crisp, thanks to a starry pattern on its skin formed by small pores called lenticels. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "This Year's Biggest Apple Release Has Nothing to Do With iPhones," 19 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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Time Traveler for pore

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The first known use of pore was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pore.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poring. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for pore

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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