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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 pores
  • Plants lose water through microscopic pores in their leaves and stems, known as stomata.
  • The snails end up on the liquid gum that oozes out of the pores of the apricot trees.
  • Masks rejuvenate the skin by clarifying the pores, evening skin tone, and providing moisture.
  • These pores readily capture liquids, trapping those liquids' molecules inside the mesh's structure.
  • These tend to collect at the locations of tumours because the blood vessels which serve tumours often have unusual pores in them.
  • As sweat pours from your pores, worries trickle away too.
  • To test the idea, the researchers measured the density of sweat pores.
  • Because they knew that touch receptor cells cluster around sweat pores.
  • Next, the pores get enlarged and the structure is coated with the thin film.
  • What is clear is that they bury themselves in our pores and eat.
British Dictionary definitions for pores

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 pores

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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pores 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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pores 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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