That trickle of sweat didn't just miraculously appear — it was secreted out of a pore, a really tiny opening on the surface of your skin.

When used as a noun, pore means any tiny hole or opening that allows the passage of liquid. In humans, pores are the little holes that bring us such pleasures as armpit sweat and, when clogged, pimples. But when used as a verb, to pore means to concentrate your attention on or devote hours of focus to something: like poring over the overwhelming choices in the antiperspirant aisle.

Definitions of pore
  1. noun
    any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)
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    type of:
    an unoccupied space
  2. noun
    any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal
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    a small pore especially one in the reproductive bodies of certain algae and fungi through which spores pass
    type of:
    canal, channel, duct, epithelial duct
    a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance
  3. noun
    a minute epidermal pore in a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor can pass
    synonyms: stoma, stomate
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    germ pore
    a pore in the outer wall of a spore or pollen grain through which the germ tube or pollen tube makes its exit on germination
    hydathode, water pore, water stoma
    a pore that exudes water on the surface or margin of a leaf of higher plants
    one of many raised pores on the stems of woody plants that allow the interchange of gas between the atmosphere and the interior tissue
    type of:
    a natural opening in something
  4. verb
    direct one's attention on something
    synonyms: center, centre, concentrate, focus, rivet
    hold (someone's attention)
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    absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
    devote (oneself) fully to
    cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression
    focus one's attention on a certain state
    zoom in
    examine closely; focus one's attention on
    hear, listen, take heed
    listen and pay attention
    drink, drink in
    be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
    bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well
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    cerebrate, cogitate, think
    use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments
Commonly confused words

pore / pour

A pore is small opening in a surface that lets stuff through. To pour, on the other hand, means to flow continuously and rapidly.

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