- A minute opening in a surface, especially the skin or integument of an organism, through which gases, liquids, or microscopic particles may pass.More example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek poros 'passage, pore'.
verb[no object] (pore over/through)
- 1Be absorbed in reading or studying (something): I spent hours poring over cookery booksMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 • archaic Think intently; ponder: he has thought and pored on itMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: perhaps related to peer1.
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 cookery books ), while pour means ‘flow or cause to flow in a steady stream’ ( water poured off the stones pour the marinade over the pork pour the tea ). 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.