pore

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.

Primary Meanings of pore

1.
n
any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)
2.
v
direct one's attention on something
Full Definitions of pore
1

n any tiny hole admitting passage of a liquid (fluid or gas)

Type of:
hole
an unoccupied space

n any small opening in the skin or outer surface of an animal

Types:
ostiole
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

n a minute epidermal pore in a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor can pass

Synonyms:
stoma, stomate
Types:
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
lenticel
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:
aperture
a natural opening in something
2

v direct one's attention on something

Synonyms:
center, centre, concentrate, focus, rivet
rivet
hold (someone's attention)
Types:
show 7 types...
hide 7 types...
absorb, engross, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
devote (oneself) fully to
recall
cause one's (or someone else's) thoughts or attention to return from a reverie or digression
think
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
incline
bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well
Type of:
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

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.