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pour

[pawr, pohr] /pɔr, poʊr/
verb (used with object)
1.
to send (a liquid, fluid, or anything in loose particles) flowing or falling, as from one container to another, or into, over, or on something:
to pour a glass of milk; to pour water on a plant.
2.
to emit or propel, especially continuously or rapidly:
The hunter poured bullets into the moving object.
3.
to produce or utter in or as in a stream or flood (often followed by out):
to pour out one's troubles to a friend.
verb (used without object)
4.
to issue, move, or proceed in great quantity or number:
Crowds poured from the stadium after the game.
5.
to flow forth or along; stream:
Floodwaters poured over the embankments.
6.
to rain heavily (often used impersonally with it as subject):
It was pouring, but fortunately we had umbrellas.
noun
7.
the act of pouring.
8.
an abundant or continuous flow or stream:
a pour of invective.
9.
a heavy fall of rain.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English pouren; origin uncertain
Related forms
pourable, adjective
pourability, noun
pourer, noun
pouringly, adverb
interpour, verb (used with object)
repour, verb (used with object)
transpour, verb (used with object)
unpourable, adjective
unpoured, adjective
Can be confused
pause, paws, pores, pours.
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Examples from the web for pouring
  • Gently ladle curds and whey into mold, occasionally pouring out liquid from bowl, until draining slows down to a trickle.
  • Melted butter sits in ceramic pitchers for easy pouring, though other dinners feature a mustard or cream sauce.
  • It is as painful as accidentally pouring super hot coffee in my mouth.
  • While he was in the end zone, staff members noticed him pouring something onto the turf.
  • Basically, they work by pouring warm saline up one nostril and having to drain out the other.
  • Yet other people pouring out of the exhibit hall lugged heavy bags of books.
  • Fourth, pouring chili and chili fixin's on someone's head does not inspire me to work harder.
  • pouring a bowl of cereal is a morning ritual for many people.
  • Recently, good and interesting research news keeps pouring in.
  • pouring any more money into this bottomless pit is useless.
British Dictionary definitions for pouring

pour

/pɔː/
verb
1.
to flow or cause to flow in a stream
2.
(transitive) to issue, emit, etc, in a profuse way
3.
Also pour with rain, (intransitive) often foll by down. to rain heavily: it's pouring down outside
4.
(intransitive) to move together in large numbers; swarm
5.
(intransitive) to serve tea, coffee, etc: shall I pour?
6.
it never rains but it pours, events, esp unfortunate ones, come together or occur in rapid succession
7.
(informal) pour cold water on, to be unenthusiastic about or discourage
8.
pour oil on troubled waters, to try to calm a quarrel, etc
noun
9.
a pouring, downpour, etc
Derived Forms
pourer, noun
Usage note
The verbs pour and pore are sometimes confused: she poured cream over her strudel; she pored (not poured) over the manuscript
Word Origin
C13: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for pouring
adj.

"raining heavily," c.1600, present participle adjective from pour (v.).

pour

v.

c.1300, of unknown origin, not in Old English; perhaps from Old French (Flanders dialect) purer "to sift (grain), pour out (water)," from Latin purare "to purify," from purus "pure" (see pure). Replaced Old English geotan. Intransitive sense from 1530s. Related: Poured; pouring; pourable. As a noun from 1790.

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