Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To read or study carefully and attentively: pored over the classified ads in search of a new job.
  • intransitive v. To gaze intently; stare.
  • intransitive v. To meditate deeply; ponder: pored on the matter.
  • n. A minute opening in tissue, as in the skin of an animal, serving as an outlet for perspiration, or in a plant leaf or stem, serving as a means of absorption and transpiration.
  • n. A space in rock, soil, or unconsolidated sediment that is not occupied by mineral matter and that allows the passage or absorption of fluids: Water seeped into the pores of the rock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a tiny opening in the skin
  • n. by extension any small opening or interstice, especially one of many or allowing passage of a fluid.
  • v. to study meticulously; to go over again and again.
  • v. to meditate or reflect in a steady way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the minute orifices in an animal or vegetable membrane, for transpiration, absorption, etc.
  • n. A minute opening or passageway; an interstice between the constituent particles or molecules of a body.
  • intransitive v. To look or gaze steadily in reading or studying; to fix the attention; to be absorbed; -- often with on or upon, and now usually with over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To gaze earnestly or steadily; look with close and steady attention or application; read or examine anything with steady perseverance: generally followed by on, upon, or over.
  • An obsolete form of pour.
  • An obsolete or dialectal form of poor.
  • n. A small opening or orifice; a hole, aperture, or perforation; a foramen; an opening in general: as, the pores of a sponge.
  • n. One of the small interstices between the particles or molecules of the matter of which a body is composed.
  • n. In botany, a small aperture or hole, as that at the apex of the anthers in certain Ericaceæ; in Pyrenomycetes, same as ostiole; in Hymenomycetes, same as tubulus. See cut under anther.
  • n. Minute openings, in the integument of starfishes, through which project the dermal branchiæ.
  • n. In the Cystoidea, a small opening in the plates of the calyx occasionally present between the mouth and the anus. Also called the ovarian aperture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)
  • n. any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
  • v. direct one's attention on something
  • n. a minute epidermal pore in a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor can pass

Etymologies

Middle English pouren.
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin porus, passage, from Greek poros; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pouren, from Old French, from Latin porus, from Ancient Greek πόρος (poros, "passage"). (Wiktionary)
Middle English pouren ("to gaze intently, look closely"), from Old English *purian, suggested by Old English spyrian ("to investigate, examine"). Akin to Middle Dutch poren ("to pore, look"), Old English spor ("track, trace, vestige") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Pore beggar -- oh pore, _pore_ beggar!" said Alf, leaning in on one side of him, while Pinewood blocked him on the other.

    Traffics and Discoveries

  • Jonathan Mostow: Certainly Blu-Ray has raised the bar for makeup because high-def shows every facial imperfection, skin pore, etc.

    Interview With Jonathan Mostow, Surrogates Director » DVDs Worth Watching

  • Because the dimensions of the lipid bilayer and the alpha-hemolysin pore, as well as the required amount of electrical current, are at the nanoscale level, the "single-molecule mass spectrometry" technology may one day be incorporated into "lab-on-a-chip" molecular analyzers and single-strand DNA sequencers.

    DNA Sieve — Nanoscale Pores can be Tiny Analysis Labs | Impact Lab

  • Eye-opening prose resulting in pore-cleansing laughs!

    FISH-FILLED SEA • by Tania Hershman

  • First you've got to be very lucky that the passive pore is the right size to be a precusor for the coupling and the whip.

    Combinatorial Dependencies

  • Here on the equator (S'pore is one degree north of the equator), the effects of global warming won't be nearly as severe as they will be, insha'allah, in the US or Europe.

    Americans Confronted With Warm Winters

  • S'pore is filled with stray cats, but instead of letting HDB residents keep the cats that they care for in their flats (cats are frequently fed by compasionate people), the gov't would rather cull those they find.

    Archive 2004-12-01

  • The diameter of the pore is so small that it corresponds to that of a single ion (0. 5-0.6 millionths of a millimetre).

    Physiology or Medicine 1991 - Press Release

  • That Scotland bleeds at every pore is true; but let peace be our aim, and we shall heal all her wounds.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • One of the problems with trying to read SF in S'pore is that even the best stocked bookstores here (e.g.,

    SF Book Meme

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