Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Pore"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Pore \Pore\, n. [F., fr. L. porus, Gr. ? a passage, a pore. See
{Fare}, v.]
1. One of the minute orifices in an animal or vegetable
membrane, for transpiration, absorption, etc.

2. A minute opening or passageway; an interstice between the
constituent particles or molecules of a body; as, the
pores of stones.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Pore \Pore\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pored}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Poring}.] [OE. poren, of uncertain origin; cf. D. porren to
poke, thrust, Gael. purr.]
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.'' --Shak.

The eye grows weary with poring perpetually on the same
thing. --Dryden.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)
2: any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
3: a minute epidermal pore in a leaf or stem [syn: {stoma}]
v : focus one's attention on something; "Please focus on your
studies and not on your hobbies" [syn: {concentrate}, {focus},
{center}, {centre}, {rivet}]

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