- The definition of a pore is a tiny opening in an animal's skin that allows it to breath and sweat.
An example of a pore are the tiny holes on the nose.
- Pore is defined as to carefully read or study something.
An example of to pore is to very carefully read a book.
intransitive verbpored, por′ing
- Now Rare to gaze intently
- to read or study carefully: with over: to pore over a book
- to think deeply and thoroughly; ponder: with over
Origin of poreMiddle English poren from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Obs. a passage; channel
- a tiny opening, usually microscopic, as in plant leaves or skin, through which fluids may be absorbed or discharged
- a similar opening in rock or other substances
Origin of poreMiddle English from Classical Latin porus from Classical Greek poros from Indo-European an unverified form poros, passage from base an unverified form per-, to bring through from source fare
intransitive verbpored, por·ing, pores
- To read, study, or examine something carefully and attentively: pored over the documents in search of evidence.
- To meditate deeply; ponder: pored on the matter.
- Archaic To gaze intently; stare.
Origin of poreMiddle English pouren
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of poreMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin porus passage from Greek poros ; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English pouren, from Old French, from Latin porus, from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏŒÏÎ¿Ï‚ (poros, “passage").