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Pore definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PORE, n. [Gr. to go, to pass.; Eng. to fare. See Fare.]
1. In anatomy, a minute interstice in the skin of an animal, through which the perspirable matter passes to the surface or is excreted.
2. A small spiracle, opening or passage in other substances; as the pores of plants or of stones.
PORE, v.i. [Gr. to inspect.] To look with steady continued attention or application. To pore on, is to read or examine with steady perseverance, to dwell on; and the word seems to be limited in its application to the slow patient reading or examination of books, or something written or engraved.
Painfully to pore upon a book.
With sharpened sight pale antiquaries pore.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)
2: any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
3: a minute epidermal pore in a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor can pass [syn: stoma, stomate, pore] v
1: direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies" [syn: concentrate, focus, center, centre, pore, rivet]

Merriam Webster's

I. intransitive verb (pored; poring) Etymology: Middle English pouren Date: 13th century 1. to gaze intently 2. to read or study attentively usually used with over 3. to reflect or meditate steadily II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore more at fare Date: 14th century 1. a minute opening especially in an animal or plant; especially one by which matter passes through a membrane 2. a small interstice (as in soil) admitting absorption or passage of liquid pored adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. esp. Biol. a minute opening in a surface through which gases, liquids, or fine solids may pass. Etymology: ME f. OF f. L porus f. Gk poros passage, pore 2. v.intr. (foll. by over) 1 be absorbed in studying (a book etc.). 2 meditate on, think intently about (a subject). Etymology: ME pure etc. perh. f. OE purian (unrecorded): cf. PEER(1)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pore Pore, n. [F., fr. L. porus, Gr. ? a passage, a pore. See Fare, v.] 1. One of the minute orifices in an animal or vegetable membrane, for transpiration, absorption, etc. 2. A minute opening or passageway; an interstice between the constituent particles or molecules of a body; as, the pores of stones.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pore Pore, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pored; p. pr. & vb. n. Poring.] [OE. poren, of uncertain origin; cf. D. porren to poke, thrust, Gael. purr.] 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.``Painfully to pore upon a book.'' --Shak. The eye grows weary with poring perpetually on the same thing. --Dryden.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(pores, poring, pored) 1. Your pores are the tiny holes in your skin. The size of your pores is determined by the amount of oil they produce. N-COUNT: usu pl 2. The pores of a plant are the tiny holes on its surface. A plant's lungs are the microscopic pores in its leaves. N-COUNT: usu pl 3. If you pore over or through information, you look at it and study it very carefully. We spent hours poring over travel brochures... VERB: V over/through n 4. You can say that someone has a certain quality or emotion coming from every pore to emphasize the strength of that quality or emotion. She oozes sexuality from every pore... PHRASE [emphasis]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Orifice, spiracle, small opening. II. v. n. Brood, dwell, look steadily, fix the attention, give one's mind, read steadily, examine diligently.

Moby Thesaurus

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