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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 thing.


vb. (en-past of: pore)

Usage examples of "pored".

Leaning against a wall for privacy, she pored over the notes she had made and scribbled a few corrections with her pencil.

They pored carefully over each specification and questioned Auberson ceaselessly about the bond proposals.

And you, dear Johan, pored over each empty or useless volume as if to unlock the secrets of creation!

Daily you pored over page after blank page, imagining you sopped up great stores of knowledge, when really you only mulled facts already planted in your own mind.