Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pore \Pore\, n. [F., fr. L. porus, Gr. ? a passage, a pore. See Fare, v.]
One of the minute orifices in an animal or vegetable membrane, for transpiration, absorption, etc.
A minute opening or passageway; an interstice between the constituent particles or molecules of a body; as, the pores of stones.
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.''
The eye grows weary with poring perpetually on the same
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"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.
"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)).
Pore may refer to:
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.
n. any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)
any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
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.