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pore

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
fluid
▪ The reason for this was that the nominally dry samples were not oven-dried and would contain small amounts of remaining pore fluids.
size
▪ A range of pore sizes is fundamental to the success of this size fractionation procedure which depends on two processes.
▪ By choosing a series of gel columns with an appropriate range of pore sizes, an effective size separation can be obtained.
▪ Angiotensin I converting enzyme inhibitors may act in reducing glomerular basement membrane pore size.
▪ However, it is difficult to control pore size and distribution.
▪ Diffusion is controlled by matching molecular shape with pore size.
space
▪ It excludes water that will not drain from small pore spaces, saline water, and water in deep confined aquifers.
▪ When water flows out from an artesian well in a confined aquifer, none of the pore space drains completely.
▪ The amount, type and distribution of clay, mainly within the pore space, is the main influence on permeability reduction.
▪ Cements are the crystals which grow into existing pore spaces.
▪ Replacive minerals grow, as their name suggests, in the place of pre-existing minerals and not into pore spaces.
■ VERB
open
▪ Steaming softens and opens the pores so that the skin is more receptive to other products and ingredients.
▪ Furthermore, the ions that enter the postsynaptic neuron through the opened pore may do more than just change the internal voltage.
▪ The neurotransmitter sticks to the receptor molecule, and together they are able to open a pore in the cell membrane.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Every pore of his skin felt aware, as sensitive as it did after the luxury of a hot bath.
▪ The adrenalin was amazing, the buzz palpable, the girls so close I could see every pore.
▪ The first tentacle pore lacks are accompanying spine, the second to fourth have only one spine subsequent pores have two.
▪ The neurotransmitter sticks to the receptor molecule, and together they are able to open a pore in the cell membrane.
▪ The second oral tentacle pore emerges superficially.
▪ The tentacle pores are large and armed with two rounded or slightly elliptical tentacle scales.
▪ There is one large pointed slightly rugose tentacle scale on each pore.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
over
▪ Aunt Bella sat at the table, poring over catalogues, surveying the accounts, calculating.
▪ I pore over the hopeless, resigned faces, the emaciated bodies, the stick-like limbs.
▪ Well do I recall going to bed, and watching him pore over books under candle-light.
▪ She has spent six years poring over hundreds of documents turned over to the fund when the Soviet Union collapsed.
▪ Chapter Two Sam McCready spent most of the next day, Monday, poring over large-scale maps and photographs.
▪ He stacked up the gift cards and put them away in his pocket to pore over later.
▪ But the specimen he was now poring over held little mystery.
■ VERB
spend
▪ She has spent six years poring over hundreds of documents turned over to the fund when the Soviet Union collapsed.
▪ For planning, we spent long evenings poring over maps.
▪ Nevertheless, it is crucial that we recognize that time spent poring over books is also important reading work.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Amelia carried a plate of eggs and toast over to a man sitting in the back, poring through a newspaper.
▪ Aunt Bella sat at the table, poring over catalogues, surveying the accounts, calculating.
▪ But the specimen he was now poring over held little mystery.
▪ Ted said one day, poring over maps and guidebooks.
▪ When Evan began poring over submarine books, we put them in a special basket near the living room sofa.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pore

Pore \Pore\, n. [F., fr. L. porus, Gr. ? a passage, a pore. See Fare, v.]

  1. One of the minute orifices in an animal or vegetable membrane, for transpiration, absorption, etc.

  2. A minute opening or passageway; an interstice between the constituent particles or molecules of a body; as, the pores of stones.

Pore

Pore \Pore\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pored; p. pr. & vb. n. Poring.] [OE. poren, of uncertain origin; cf. D. porren to poke, thrust, Gael. purr.] To look or gaze steadily in reading or studying; to fix the attention; to be absorbed; -- often with on or upon, and now usually with over.``Painfully to pore upon a book.''
--Shak.

The eye grows weary with poring perpetually on the same thing.
--Dryden.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

pore

"gaze intently," early 13c., of unknown origin, with no obvious corresponding word in Old French. Perhaps from Old English *purian, suggested by spyrian "to investigate, examine," and spor "a trace, vestige." Related: Pored; poring.

pore

"minute opening," late 14c., from Old French pore (14c.) and directly from Latin porus "a pore," from Greek poros "a pore," literally "passage, way," from PIE *por- "going, passage," from root *per- "to lead, pass over" (see port (n.1)).

Wikipedia

Pore

Pore may refer to:

Pore (bread)

Pores are the air pockets found in leavened bread, where carbon dioxide from the fermentation process creates a network of primarily interconnected void structures. The degree to which pores form are a major determiner in the texture ("crumb") of the bread. Pore size varies between varieties of bread. Sourdough bread is a variety with larger pores. Rye bread has smaller pores and a denser crumb.

WordNet

pore

  1. n. any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)

  2. any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal

  3. a minute epidermal pore in a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor can pass [syn: stoma, stomate]

  4. v. direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies" [syn: concentrate, focus, center, centre, rivet]

Wiktionary

pore

Etymology 1 n. 1 A tiny opening in the skin. 2 By extension any small opening or interstice, especially one of many or allowing passage of a fluid. Etymology 2

vb. 1 to study meticulously; to go over again and again. 2 to meditate or reflect in a steady way.

Usage examples of "pore".

One day they might spend several hours poring over scrolls of royal lineage or sifting through the gems in the chest from the mantelpiece, Alec wide-eyed as Seregil extolled their properties and how to value them.

I nose your onur to be a genteelman of more onur and onesty, if I ever said ani such thing, to repete it to hurt a pore servant that as alwais add thee gratest respect in thee wurld for ure onur.

Ibou pored over a thick roll of yellowing parchment that smelled powerfully of sheep skin and on which, to his infinite lack of interest, various sums and comments were recorded relative to the Varna beylic for the year 1677, he popped the question.

At ye least, we must not in such bussines crie, Pore, Pore, mercie, mercie.

When he was not toiling at the cuckoo-clock factory, most of his spare time was spent either in his workshop or at the public library poring laboriously over treatises on genetics, cytology, cytogenetics, biochemistry, and any number of other subjects he did not understand-but which his subconscious absorbed very effectively indeed.

Her walls were covered with the fine art of three children under the age of seven, and her pens had cartoon characters, porn pores, and other doodads affixed to the ends, gifts from said children.

The last of the old-world Puritans, he departed poring over his well-thumbed Bible, and proclaiming that the troubles of his country arose, not from his own narrow and corrupt administration, but from some departure on the part of his fellow burghers from the stricter tenets of the dopper sect.

Moone to bee of the same kind of nature as a Pumice-stone, and this, say they, is the reason why in the Suns eclipses there appeares within her a duskish ruddy colour, because the Sunne-beames being refracted in passing through the pores of her body, must necessarily be represented under such a colour.

Shooting up through his body like a torrent, flames of heat burning his skin, each pore electrified, faster, faster.

Danlo was enwombed in water, he could now feel himself sweating, salt water bursting from his pores and merging with the dark waters all around him.

They had spent the past week poring through the voluminous backlog of FBI, Justice Department, and Interpol files regarding Fiers and the Six.

Joanna Grice, a thin, dwarfish old woman, poring over a big book which looked like a Bible.

The good old hot blast of arousal was coming out of every pore of her.

Cynthy, we-all in trebbilation and we gotter holp dis hyer pore chile.

Wet clothes clinging to her skin called up a strange sensation, almost as if something lying dormant beneath her skin stirred for a moment, tried to break through her pores, then subsided, leaving her itchy and tender and very irritable.