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pore1

[pawr, pohr] /pɔr, poʊr/
verb (used without object), pored, poring.
1.
to read or study with steady attention or application:
a scholar poring over a rare old manuscript.
2.
to gaze earnestly or steadily:
to pore over a painting.
3.
to meditate or ponder intently (usually followed by over, on, or upon):
He pored over the strange events of the preceding evening.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English pouren < ?
Can be confused
pause, paws, pores, pours.
Synonyms
3. ponder, scrutinize, peruse, examine.

pore2

[pawr, pohr] /pɔr, poʊr/
noun
1.
a minute opening or orifice, as in the skin or a leaf, for perspiration, absorption, etc.
2.
a minute interstice, as in a rock.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English poore < Late Latin porus < Greek póros passage; see emporium, ford
Related forms
porelike, adjective
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Examples from the web for pore
  • To pore over these objects is to be repeatedly astounded by the level of design and technical achievement.
  • Asked to read a manuscript, you pore over every word.
  • But the figures that officials and pundits pore over are not those of opinion polls.
  • She captured the image as the cell crept into a pore on a laboratory filter to illustrate how cancer cells move.
  • We go to conferences and meetings, pore over other publications, and routinely confer with our researcher sources and authors.
  • pore over maps of the region so you can familiarize yourself with the locations of these remote sites.
  • As you pore through feature lists, you'll likely come across a lot of specs.
  • And they get to pore over math problems one-on-one with newly hired tutors, many of them former accountants and engineers.
  • Downstairs, visitors pore over planning applications, with staff on hand to help.
  • The oil and gas sits within the pore spaces of rock.
British Dictionary definitions for pore

pore1

/pɔː/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(foll by over) to make a close intent examination or study (of a book, map, etc): he pored over the documents for several hours
2.
foll by over, on, or upon. to think deeply (about): he pored on the question of their future
3.
(rare) foll by over, on, or upon. to look earnestly or intently (at); gaze fixedly (upon)
Word Origin
C13 pouren; perhaps related to peer²

pore2

/pɔː/
noun
1.
(anatomy, zoology) any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
2.
(botany) any small aperture, esp that of a stoma through which water vapour and gases pass
3.
any other small hole, such as a space in a rock, soil, etc
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore
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Word Origin and History for pore
v.

"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.

n.

"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)).

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pore in Medicine

pore (pôr)
n.

  1. A minute opening in an animal or plant tissue.

  2. One of the minute openings of the sweat glands of the skin.

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pore in Science
pore
  (pôr)   
  1. A tiny opening, as one in an animal's skin or on the surface of a plant leaf or stem, through which liquids or gases may pass.

  2. A space in soil, rock, or loose sediment that is not occupied by mineral matter and allows the passage or absorption of fluids, such as water, petroleum, or air.


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