There are 2 definitions of pore in English:

pore1

Syllabification: pore
Pronunciation: /pôr
 
/

noun

  • A minute opening in a surface, especially the skin or integument of an organism, through which gases, liquids, or microscopic particles can pass.
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    • Stomata are minute pores in the surface of leaves through which water vapor and gases, including carbon dioxide, pass.
    • The sebum flows through a narrow follicular canal or duct and empties onto the surface of the skin through a pore or opening.
    • It is also noteworthy that the cell surfaces are pocked with pores which pass to the interior.
    Synonyms
    opening, orifice, aperture, hole, outlet, inlet, vent; Biology stoma, foramen

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek poros 'passage, pore'.

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There are 2 definitions of pore in English:

pore2

Syllabification: pore
Pronunciation: /
 
pôr/

verb

[no object] (pore over/through)
  • 1Be absorbed in the reading or study of: Heather spent hours poring over cookbooks
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    • They watched the video on a large screen and spent hours poring over every detail.
    • Mick Wilson suggests a strategy of active reading that means poring over material three times.
    • Each bird that appeared was a challenge to name; I studied them thoroughly and pored over my field guides.
    Synonyms
    study, read intently, peruse, scrutinize, scan, examine, go over
  • 1.1 archaic Think intently; ponder: when he has thought and pored on it
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    • Some years ago, while poring among the items on offer at a stoop sale in Brooklyn, I came across a copy of the thirteenth printing of The Great Crash by John Kenneth Galbraith.
    • In my house, as in many other households, there was a multivolume pictorial history of the war, over which I pored for entire mornings or afternoons, until I knew every picture by heart.
    • Drea was poring silently over the books around her.

Origin

Middle English: perhaps related to peer1.

Usage

People frequently confuse the verbs pore and pour. Pore is used with over or through and means ‘be absorbed in reading something’ ( I spent hours poring over cookbooks ), while pour means ‘flow or cause to flow in a steady stream’ ( water poured off the stones ; pour the marinade over the pork ). As pore is a much less common word, people often choose the more familiar pour, producing sentences such as she was pouring over books and studying till midnight . Although increasingly common, this use is incorrect in standard English.

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