• Water pours over the old woman from the hole in the pot
    Water pours over the old woman from the hole in the pot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pour move in large numbers "people were pouring out of the theater","beggars pullulated in the plaza"
    • v pour flow in a spurt "Water poured all over the floor"
    • v pour cause to run "pour water over the floor"
    • v pour pour out "the sommelier decanted the wines"
    • v pour supply in large amounts or quantities "We poured money into the education of our children"
    • v pour rain heavily "Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten watches as milk is poured from a jug into a bowl A kitten watches as milk is poured from a jug into a bowl
Pouring cold water on the troubled oil Pouring cold water on the troubled oil
Pouring metal Pouring metal

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Spain, it is common to pour chocolate milk or cafe au lait on cereal for breakfast
    • n Pour A stream, or something like a stream; a flood. "A pour of rain."
    • a Pour Poor.
    • Pour To cause to flow in a stream, as a liquid or anything flowing like a liquid, either out of a vessel or into it; as, to pour water from a pail; to pour wine into a decanter; to pour oil upon the waters; to pour out sand or dust.
    • v. i Pour To flow, pass, or issue in a stream, or as a stream; to fall continuously and abundantly; as, the rain pours; the people poured out of the theater. "In the rude throng pour on with furious pace."
    • v. i Pour To pore.
    • Pour To send forth as in a stream or a flood; to emit; to let escape freely or wholly. "I . . . have poured out my soul before the Lord.""Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee.""London doth pour out her citizens !""Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth
      With such a full and unwithdrawing hand ?"
    • Pour To send forth from, as in a stream; to discharge uninterruptedly. "Is it for thee the linnet pours his throat ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Romans used to clean themselves with olive oil since they did not have any soap. They would pour the oil on their bodies, and then use a strigil, which is type of blade, to scrape off any dirt along with the oil
    • pour To cause to flow or stream, as a liquid or granular substance, either out of a vessel or into one; discharge in a stream: as, to pour out wine; to pour in salt or sand.
    • pour To cause to flow or fall in a succession of streams or drops; rain.
    • pour To send forth as in a stream; discharge; emit; send forth in profusion or as in a flood, as words.
    • pour Hence To shed; expend: as, to pour out one's blood.
    • pour To flow; issue forth in a stream: as, the water poured over the rocks.
    • pour To fall, as a torrent of rain; rain hard.
    • pour To rush on as in a stream; come forth in great numbers.
    • pour To spread; become diffused.
    • n pour Continuous motion as of a stream; flow.
    • n pour A heavy fall of rain; a downpour.
    • pour A Middle English form of pore.
    • n pour A Middle English form of power.
    • pour A Middle English form of poor.
    • n pour In founding: the quantity of material or molten metal poured from one charging of a cupola;
    • n pour the act or operation of pouring molten metal into a mold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every time Beethoven sat down to write music, he poured ice water over his head
    • v.t Pour pōr to cause to flow or fall in streams or drops: to throw with force: to send forth in great quantity: to give vent to: to utter
    • v.i Pour to flow: to issue forth: to rush
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  • John Hendrick Bangs
    John Hendrick Bangs
    “Pandemonium did not reign; it poured.”
  • Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    “He was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say when!”
  • Herbert Clark Hoover
    “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”
  • George Meredith
    “She poured a little social sewage into his ears.”
  • Adam Duritz
    Adam Duritz
    “I can write good songs. I can sing 'em, and I mean it, I mean it deeply, and I pour everything into that. Other than that, I suck.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.”


It never rains but it pours - 'It never rains but it pours' means that when things go wrong, they go very wrong.
Pour oil on troubled waters - If someone pours oil on troubled waters, they try to calm things down.
When it rains, it pours - This idiom means that when things go wrong, a lot of things go wrong at the same time.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pouren, of uncertain origin; cf. W. bwrw, to cast, throw, shed, bwrw gwlaw, to rain


In literature:

You did not pour any oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
The pouring of the waterfall flowed on as a reminder of that fact.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Beat 2 eggs very light, add to it 1 pint of milk and pour it gradually into 6 tablespoonfuls of flour, beating all the time.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
When the gelatine begins to thicken, pour it slowly into the stiffly beaten whites of four eggs, beating it well as you pour.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
He must find a way through that line, and he poured all his mind upon one point.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He poured all his ideas and convictions into her.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But he was already there, on the other side of the bed, pouring something between the sick lady's lips.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Beat all together, pour into a pan and let boil; then pour into a dish to mould.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
Under the stern of the "Saratoga" lay the "Linnet," pouring in raking broadsides.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Pour into hot greased gem pans and bake 25 to 35 minutes in very hot oven.
"New Royal Cook Book" by Anonymous

In poetry:

But tell me of the tempest roaring
Across the angry foaming deep,
Or torrents from the mountains pouring
Down precipices dark and steep.
"Yes! Strike Again That Sounding String" by James Monroe Whitfield
"Shall I pour you the wine," she said,
"The wine that is rare and red?
Sweeter the cup for the drop."—
"But why do you shrink and stop?"
"Sealed" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Yet shall thy gentle spirit own,
Amidst these sea-girt shores unknown,
That Pity pour'd her balmy store,
And kindred hands could do no more.
"Lines Upon A Lady Dying Leaving A Little Infant Behind Her" by Sir John Carr
"I heard the groans, I mark'd the tears
I saw the wound his bosom bore,
When on the serried Saxon spears
He pour'd his clan's resistless roar.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
At his command the vapors rise,
The lightnings flash, the thunders roar;
He pours the rain, he brings the wind
And tempest from his airy store.
"Psalm 135 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Was this the bird I could not see?
That somewhere from the wooded hill
Poured forth such music from a tree
That even the very stream grew still.
"Killed On The Telegraph Wire" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Pour is lively with lots of carbonation.
Investors from all over the world are pouring money into Indonesian tech start-ups.
Hundreds of thousands of people pour into the square for the largest antigovernment protest to date.
Boys pour salt on slugs, throw rocks at cars, light things on fire and shoot each other with BB guns.
He will pour My Antonia, Burton Baton and Raison D'etre.
Applebee's Tracks Pours and Trains Staff to Achieve Higher Draft Beer Profits.
Drink to me with thine eyes The Sonoma County Wine Library—where readers 'pour' over texts.
Oktoberfest by the Bay pours it on.
Pour Vous is at its core an elegant French cocktail salon.
Pour over the apple dumplings .
Pour this mixture over the dumplings and bake at 375°F for 45 minutes, or until dough is nicely browned.
Mix things up and pour a little spoonful of America's melting pot into your V-Day.
Because, other than pour milk over it in your cereal bowl, what can't you do with squash.
Let me explain?after I pour myself another glass of Infinium, a Christmas gift from the Boston Beer Co.
A running "calendar battle" is prompting protestors to use every opportunity to pour onto the streets in Tehran and other major cities.

In science:

Important dynamical parameters for this experiment include the pouring rate and both the amplitude and frequency of vibration.
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?
Pradines: Th´eorie de Lie pour les groupo¨ıdes diff´erentiables.
Generalized Lie bialgebroids and Jacobi structures
Une bijection simple pour les cartes orientables.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Pradines: Th´eorie de Lie pour les groupo¨ıdes diff´erentiables.
Jacobi groupoids and generalized Lie bialgebroids
Simpson, Descente pour les n-champs, preprint math.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces