PORE, noun [Gr. to go, to pass.; Eng. to fare. See Fare.]
1. In anatomy, a minute interstice in the skin of an animal, through which the perspirable matter passes to the surface or is excreted.
2. A small spiracle, opening or passage in other substances; as the pores of plants or of stones.
PORE, verb intransitive [Gr. to inspect.] To look with steady continued attention or application. To pore on, is to read or examine with steady perseverance, to dwell on; and the word seems to be limited in its application to the slow patient reading or examination of books, or something written or engraved.
Painfully to pore upon a book.
With sharpened sight pale antiquaries pore