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Definition of "pore" []

  • To read or study carefully and attentively: pored over the classified ads in search of a new job. (verb-intransitive)
  • To gaze intently; stare. (verb-intransitive)
  • To meditate deeply; ponder: pored on the matter. (verb-intransitive)
  • 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. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pore" in a sentence
  • ""Pore beggar -- oh pore, _pore_ beggar!" said Alf, leaning in on one side of him, while Pinewood blocked him on the other."
  • "Jonathan Mostow: Certainly Blu-Ray has raised the bar for makeup because high-def shows every facial imperfection, skin pore, etc."
  • "Because the dimensions of the lipid bilayer and the alpha-hemolysin pore, as well as the required amount of electrical current, are at the nanoscale level, the "single-molecule mass spectrometry" technology may one day be incorporated into "lab-on-a-chip" molecular analyzers and single-strand DNA sequencers."