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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 of pore1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English pouren < ?
Can be confused
pause, paws, pores, pours.
Synonyms
3. ponder, scrutinize, peruse, examine.
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  • Abner sat at her right hand, poring over a volume of "Rollin's Ancient History."

    Poganuc People Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Is there a frontispiece to it of "Raine poring over his own book?"

  • His sister was poring over her work, which she was just finishing, when a gleam of greenish light made both look up.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • Rachel and her father were poring intently over the chess-board.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • She had picked the lock with a hairpin and had spent three happy, tearful hours poring over its contents.

    Whispers at Dawn Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for poring

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 poring

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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poring 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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poring 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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