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pore (hole)

Definition:

any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)

Class:

shape noun (2- and 3-dimensional shapes)

Related to:

poriferous | porous

Plural:

pores

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Middle English pouren, from Old French, from Latin porus, from Ancient Greek...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of pore...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

pore

[followed by "over"] to make a close intent examination or study (of a book, map, etc) | [followed by] over, on, or upon to think deeply (about) | ... (26 of 519 words, 6 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pore

Wikipedia:

Pore [disambiguation]

may refer to: Sweat pore, an anatomical structure of the skin of humans (and other mammals) used for secretion of sweat | Canal pore, an anatomical structure that is part of the lateral line sense system of some aquatic organisms | Gonopore, a genital ... (42 of 356 words, 21 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pore

Oxford Dictionary:

pore [entry 1]

a minute opening in a surface, especially the skin or integument of an organism, through which gases, liquids, or microscopic particles may pass. Do ... (24 of 102 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pore

pore [entry 2] | pore over/through

("pore over/through") | be absorbed in reading or studying (something) | [archaic] : think intently; ponder People frequently confuse the verbs pore ... (20 of 152 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pore--2

American Heritage Dictionary:

pore | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle] | pores [3rd-person singular present]

To read or study carefully and attentively | To gaze intently; stare. | To meditate deeply; ponder | A minute opening in tissue, as in the skin of an ... (26 of 130 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pore

Random House Dictionary:

pore | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle]

to read or study with steady attention or application. | to gaze earnestly or steadily. | to meditate or ponder intently (usually followed by "over, ... (23 of 91 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/pore

New World Dictionary:

pore | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle]

[rare] to gaze intently | to read or study carefully: with over | to think deeply and thoroughly; ponder: with over | [obsolete] a passage; channel | ... (23 of 88 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pore

pore | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle]

[rare] to gaze intently | to read or study carefully: with over | to think deeply and thoroughly; ponder: with over (19 of 35 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/poring

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pore [countable] | pores [plural] | from every pore

one of the very small holes in your skin that sweat can pass through ; a very small hole in the surface of a plant | "from every pore": used for ... (30 of 70 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pore

pore [verb] | pored [past tense] | pored over [past tense] | poring [present participle] | poring over [present participle] | pores [3rd-person singular present] | pores over [3rd-person singular present] | pore over [I/you/we/they, related]

pore over [transitive] to examine or read something very carefully and in a lot of detail (16 of 63 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

pore [entry 1, verb] | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle]

to gaze intently | to read or study attentively [used with "over"] | to reflect or meditate steadily (16 of 48 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pore

pore [entry 2, noun] | pored [adjective, related]

a minute opening especially in an animal or plant ; especially, one by which matter passes through a membrane | a small interstice (as in soil) ... (25 of 69 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pore show=1

Wiktionary:

pore | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle] | pores [3rd-person singular present]

a tiny opening in the skin | by extension any small opening or interstice, especially one of many or allowing passage of a fluid. | to study meticulously; to go over again and again. | to meditate or reflect in a steady way. (40 of 48 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pore

Cambridge Dictionary:

pore

a very small hole in the skin of people or other animals, or a similar hole on the surface of plants or rocks (23 of 44 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pore

Britannica Encyclopedia:

hole [solid-state physics]

in condensed-matter physics, the name given to a missing electron in certain solids, especially semiconductors. Holes affect the electrical, optical, ... (20 of 375 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/269197​/hole

Encarta Dictionary:

pore [entry 1] | pores [plural]

a tiny opening in human skin, or in the skin or other outer covering of an ... | a tiny opening in a leaf or stem of a plant used to absorb or release ... (33 of 110 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737891​/definition​.html  [offline]

pore [entry 2] | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle] | pores [3rd-person singular present]

to study something carefully and thoughtfully | to meditate on or think carefully about something (14 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737890​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

pore | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle] | pores [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English pouren, from Old French, from Latin porus, from Ancient Greek πόρος (poros, "passage"). | Middle English poren, pouren, puren ("to gaze intently, look closely"), from Old English ... (28 of 95 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pore

Online Etymology:

pore

First use: about 1300 | late 14th century

Origin: [verb] perhaps from Old English *purian, suggested by spyrian "to investigate, examine", and spor "a trace, vestige". | [noun] ... (23 of 51 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=pore

New World Dictionary:

pore | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle]

Origin: Middle English poren from unknown origin | Middle English from Latin porus from Greek poros from Indo-European *poros, ... (17 of 26 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pore

pore | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle]

Origin: Middle English poren from unknown origin

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/poring

American Heritage Dictionary:

pore | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle] | pores [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English pouren. | Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin porus, passage, from Greek poros; see per- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots.

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Collins Dictionary:

pore

First use: 13th century | 14th century

Origin: pouren; perhaps related to peer2 | from Late Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pore

Oxford Dictionary:

pore [entry 1]

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek poros "passage, pore"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pore

pore [entry 2] | pore over/through

Origin: Middle English: perhaps related to "peer1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pore--2

Merriam-Webster:

pore [entry 1, verb] | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English pouren

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pore

pore [entry 2, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin porus, from Greek poros passage, pore

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Encarta Dictionary:

pore [entry 1] | pores [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French and Latin from Greek poros "passage"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737891​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

pore | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle] | pores [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pore"

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Collins Dictionary:

pore

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pore"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pore

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pore [countable] | pores [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pore"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pore

pore [verb] | pored [past tense] | pored over [past tense] | poring [present participle] | poring over [present participle] | pores [3rd-person singular present] | pores over [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pore"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

pore [countable] | pores [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pore"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/pore

pore [verb] | pored [past tense] | pored over [past tense] | poring [present participle] | poring over [present participle] | pores [3rd-person singular present] | pores over [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pore"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

pore

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "pore"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "pore"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pore

the Free Dictionary:

pore

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "pore"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "pore"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "pore" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

pore | pores [plural] | pored [past tense] | poring [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "pore"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

pore

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pore"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=pore​0001 word=pore

YourDictionary Audio:

pore

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pore" by speech synthesizer

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