Meaning of PORE in English

I. ˈpō(ə)r, -ȯ(ə)r, -ōə, -ȯ(ə) verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English pouren, puren

intransitive verb

1. : to gaze intently or fixedly : look searchingly : stare

pored … on her lovely and large brown eyes — Edmund Wilson

those who pore over the microscope — R.W.Morin

2. : to devote oneself to attentive reading : be deep in study — used chiefly with over

pored over every single page of that thick novel — H.W.Carter

3. : to reflect or mediate steadily : ponder — used with on or upon

began to pore upon religious problems — Cecil Sprigge

4. archaic : to peer nearsightedly

transitive verb

: to bring to some state by poring

pored himself blind

pored her eyes out over his letters

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English poore, pore, from Middle French pore, from Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore — more at fare


a. : a minute opening especially in an animal or plant by which matter passes through a membrane

b. : the cross section of a vessel element or tracheid often including both lumen and wall

c. : germ pore


a. : a small interstice (as in stone) admitting absorption or passage of liquid

b. : such interstices indicating density

a mineral's fine pores

3. : one of countless minute darkish dots mottling the sun

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.