from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To read or study carefully and attentively: pored over the classified ads in search of a new job.
- intransitive v. To gaze intently; stare.
- intransitive v. To meditate deeply; ponder: pored on the matter.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a tiny opening in the skin
- n. by extension any small opening or interstice, especially one of many or allowing passage of a fluid.
- v. to study meticulously; to go over again and again.
- v. to meditate or reflect in a steady way.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the minute orifices in an animal or vegetable membrane, for transpiration, absorption, etc.
- n. A minute opening or passageway; an interstice between the constituent particles or molecules of a body.
- intransitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gaze earnestly or steadily; look with close and steady attention or application; read or examine anything with steady perseverance: generally followed by on, upon, or over.
- n. A small opening or orifice; a hole, aperture, or perforation; a foramen; an opening in general: as, the pores of a sponge.
- n. One of the small interstices between the particles or molecules of the matter of which a body is composed.
- n. In botany, a small aperture or hole, as that at the apex of the anthers in certain Ericaceæ; in Pyrenomycetes, same as ostiole; in Hymenomycetes, same as tubulus. See cut under anther.
- An obsolete form of pour.
- An obsolete or dialectal form of poor.
- n. Minute openings, in the integument of starfishes, through which project the dermal branchiæ.
- n. In the Cystoidea, a small opening in the plates of the calyx occasionally present between the mouth and the anus. Also called the ovarian aperture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)
- n. any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
- v. direct one's attention on something
- n. a minute epidermal pore in a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor can pass
Middle English pouren.
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin porus, passage, from Greek poros; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pouren, from Old French, from Latin porus, from Ancient Greek πόρος (poros, "passage"). (Wiktionary)
Middle English pouren ("to gaze intently, look closely"), from Old English *purian, suggested by Old English spyrian ("to investigate, examine"). Akin to Middle Dutch poren ("to pore, look"), Old English spor ("track, trace, vestige") (Wiktionary)