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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pore1 /pɔr/USA pronunciation
v., pored, por•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
pore2 /pɔr/USA pronunciation
- pore over, [~ + over + object] to read or study with focused attention, concentration, or hard work:They found him poring over old manuscripts in the library.
- Anatomy, Botanya very small opening, as in the skin or a leaf, for perspiration, absorption, etc.
(pôr, pōr),USA pronunciation v.i., pored, por•ing.
- to read or study with steady attention or application:a scholar poring over a rare old manuscript.
- to gaze earnestly or steadily:to pore over a painting.
- to meditate or ponder intently (usually fol. by over, on, or upon):He pored over the strange events of the preceding evening.
- Middle English pouren 1250–1300
(pôr, pōr),USA pronunciation n.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ponder, scrutinize, peruse, examine.
- Anatomy, Botanya minute opening or orifice, as in the skin or a leaf, for perspiration, absorption, etc.
- Rocksa minute interstice, as in a rock.
- Greek póros passage; see emporium, ford
- Late Latin porus
- Middle English poore 1350–1400
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pore /pɔː/ vb (intransitive)
Etymology: 13th Century pouren; perhaps related to peer²USAGE
- (followed by over) to make a close intent examination or study (of a book, map, etc): he pored over the documents for several hours
- followed by over, on, or upon: to think deeply (about)
- followed by over, on, or upon: rare to look earnestly or intently (at); gaze fixedly (upon)
pore /pɔː/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: from Late Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore
- any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
- any small aperture, esp that of a stoma through which water vapour and gases pass
- any other small hole, such as a space in a rock, soil, etc