• WordNet 3.6
    • v pore direct one's attention on something "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
    • n pore any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
    • n pore a minute epidermal pore in a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor can pass
    • n pore any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An egg shell can have up to 17,000 tiny pores on its surface
    • Pore A minute opening or passageway; an interstice between the constituent particles or molecules of a body; as, the pores of stones.
    • Pore One of the minute orifices in an animal or vegetable membrane, for transpiration, absorption, etc.
    • v. i Pore 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. "Painfully to pore upon a book.""The eye grows weary with poring perpetually on the same thing."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Commercially flavored coffee beans are flavored after they are roasted and partially cooled to around 100 degrees. Then the flavors applied, when the coffee beans' pores are open and therefore more receptive to flavor absorption.
    • pore 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 pore A small opening or orifice; a hole, aperture, or perforation; a foramen; an opening in general: as, the pores of a sponge. The term is especially used for a minute perforation, invisible to the naked eye, in a membrane, through which fluids may pass. Such are the pores of the skin, formed by the ducts of the sweat-glands.
    • n pore One of the small interstices between the particles or molecules of the matter of which a body is composed. The compressibility of matter, its expansion and contractiou with changes of temperature, and other considerations lead to the conclusion that even the densest bodies are porous — that is, that the molecules forming them are not in actual contact, but separated by spaces which, though extremely minute, may have a magnitude considerable as compared with their own size.
    • n pore 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.
    • pore An obsolete form of pour.
    • pore An obsolete or dialectal form of poor.
    • n pore Minute openings, in the integument of starfishes, through which project the dermal branchiæ.
    • n pore 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hippopotamuses actually sweat blood. Their skin contains a great amount of an oily substance that exudes from the pores, and when the beast perspires a little blood gets mixed in.
    • n Pore pōr a minute passage in the skin for the perspiration: an opening between the molecules of a body
    • v.i Pore pōr to look with steady attention on: to study closely
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  • Jean Baudrillard
    “Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. poren, of uncertain origin; cf. D. porren, to poke, thrust, Gael. purr,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Peer, to peep.


In literature:

In the pores of soils, 115.
"Elements of Agricultural Chemistry" by Thomas Anderson
At y^e least, we must not in such bussines crie, Pore, pore, mercie, mercie.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
Pore old Bess died last night o' colic.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
She jump up-swanga gemman speak to har, an' show de pore chile.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
There she saw black-robed students poring over the books.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Don't he take no int'rus' in the pore little lonesome child?
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The alcohol has introduced the sublimate into every part and pore of the skin, quite to the roots of the feathers.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
When Ah've tol' him how Pink comes botherin' me, he jus' says, 'Pore feller, he didn' get ye.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
The tiny oval pores, each as large as the point of a needle, are the breathing pores of the twig.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Not a mite o' nouragement i' th' house, sech as a pore suff'rin' woman like Car'line's in need of.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann

In poetry:

I'll pore upon the stream
Where sighing lovers dream,
And fish for fancies as they pass
Within the watery glass.
"Song: Memory, hither come" by William Blake
I scanned two lines with some surmise
As over Keats I chanced to pore:
'And there I shut her wild, wild eyes
With kisses four.'
"What Kisses Had John Keats?" by Robert W Service
So, on the story we must pore
Of him who lives for us, and died,
That we may see him walk before,
And know the Father in the guide.
"After Thomas Kempis" by George MacDonald
"How solemn is the sick man's room
To friends or kindred lingering near!
Poring on that uncertain gloom
In silent heaviness and fear!
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Second" by Matilda Betham
Is it the sweat from every pore
That starts, and glistens in the sun,
As, the young cotton bending o'er,
His naked back it shines upon?
"The Chain" by John Pierpont
To feel, to know, to soar unlimited,
'Mid throngs of light-winged angels sweeping far,
And pore upon the realms unvisited,
That tesselate the unseen unthought star,
To be the thing that now I feebly dream
Flashing within my faintest, deepest gleam.
"From: A Poet's Hope" by William Ellery Channing

In news:

Poring over the 2009 American Community Survey Numbers.
I've been poring over the 2009 American Community Survey numbers this morning, looking at the 70 largest US cities and their bike to work data.
Bert Jones of Reidsville announced Thursday he would seek the position of speaker pro tem pore.
Tommie Williams will not seek re-election as president pro tem pore.
We've pored over every roster in the state to find the high school graduates who have moved on to higher levels of men's basketball.
As you spend the weekend poring over your ballots, this new book by Cincinnati author Chuck Sambuchino may offer some needed canine comic relief.
Caudalie VinoPerfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15 Pore-Minimizing Cream.
The group, which gathered at a downtown community centre to pore over spreadsheets and city council minutes last week, is part of a growing movement in Canada that sees open data as a key way to make governments more efficient and honest.
Brandt Pores No More Pore Thing T-Zone Pore Tightener .
They huddled into a small room to pore over the absentee ballots that will decide this race.
To ease tweezing , take a hot shower or use a warm washcloth to open pores.
Peat creates small pore spaces in substrates.
These tiny pores in leaves can open and close as needed.
A primer that reduces shine and minimizes the appearance of pores.
It mattifies, seems to shrink pores, and makes skin feel wonderfully soft.

In science:

The pores can be filled sequentially with different materials to create multi-layered quantum dots surrounded by alumina.
Prospects for a Quantum Dynamic Random Access Memory (Q-DRAM)
The superfluid component has two-dimensional behavior when the pore size of Vycor glass is large, and becomes threedimensional as the pore size is reduced.
Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dilute Bose gas in a random potential
However, the random potential of their model does not include the pore size, and thus it is difficult to quantitatively compare to experimental results for a range of pore sizes.
Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dilute Bose gas in a random potential
The random potential simulates Vycor glass with a characteristic pore size rp as follows.
Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dilute Bose gas in a random potential
Here σ is the ratio of the coverage to the full pore coverage.
Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dilute Bose gas in a random potential