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[pawr, pohr] /pɔr, poʊr/

verb (used without object), pored, poring.
to read or study with steady attention or application:
a scholar poring over a rare old manuscript.
to gaze earnestly or steadily:
to pore over a painting.
to meditate or ponder intently (usually followed by over, on, or upon):
He pored over the strange events of the preceding evening.
verb (intransitive)
(foll by over) to make a close intent examination or study (of a book, map, etc): he pored over the documents for several hours
foll by over, on, or upon. to think deeply (about): he pored on the question of their future
(rare) foll by over, on, or upon. to look earnestly or intently (at); gaze fixedly (upon)
(anatomy, zoology) any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
(botany) any small aperture, esp that of a stoma through which water vapour and gases pass
any other small hole, such as a space in a rock, soil, etc

“gaze intently,” early 13c., of unknown origin, with no obvious corresponding word in Old French. Perhaps from Old English *purian, suggested by spyrian “to investigate, examine,” and spor “a trace, vestige.” Related: Pored; poring.

“minute opening,” late 14c., from Old French pore (14c.) and directly from Latin porus “a pore,” from Greek poros “a pore,” literally “passage, way,” from PIE *por- “going, passage,” from root *per- “to lead, pass over” (see port (n.1)).

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