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.

(Pore"blind`) a. [Probably influenced by pore, v. See Purblind.] Nearsighted; shortsighted; purblind. [Obs.] Bacon.

(Por"er) n. One who pores.

(Por"gy) n.; pl. Porgies [See Paugie.] (Zoöl.) (a) The scup. (b) The sailor's choice, or pinfish. (c) The margate fish. (d) The spadefish. (e) Any one of several species of embiotocoids, or surf fishes, of the Pacific coast. The name is also given locally to several other fishes, as the bur fish. [Written also porgee, porgie, and paugy.]

(||Po*rif"e*ra) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. porus pore + ferre to bear.] (Zoöl.) A grand division of the Invertebrata, including the sponges; — called also Spongiæ, Spongida, and Spongiozoa. The principal divisions are Calcispongiæ, Keratosa or Fibrospongiæ, and Silicea.

(Po*rif"er*an) n. (Zoöl.) One of the Polifera.

(||Po*rif`e*ra"ta) n. pl. [NL.] The Polifera.

(Po"ri*form) a. [L. porus pore + -form: cf. F. poriforme.] Resembling a pore, or small puncture.

(Po"rime) n. (Math.) A theorem or proposition so easy of demonstration as to be almost self- evident. [R.] Crabb.

(Por"i*ness) n. Porosity. Wiseman.

(Po"rism) n. [Gr. a thing procured, a deduction from a demonstration, fr. to bring, provide: cf. F. porisme.]

1. (Geom.) A proposition affirming the possibility of finding such conditions as will render a certain determinate problem indeterminate or capable of innumerable solutions. Playfair.

2. (Gr. Geom.) A corollary. Brande & C.

Three books of porisms of Euclid have been lost, but several attempts to determine the nature of these propositions and to restore them have been made by modern geometers.

(Po`ris*mat"ic Po`ris*mat"ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to a porism; poristic.

(Po*ris"tic Po*ris"tic*al) a. Of or pertaining to a porism; of the nature of a porism.

(Po"rite) n. [Cf. F. porite. See Pore, n.] (Zoöl.) Any coral of the genus Porites, or family Poritidæ.

(||Po*ri"tes) n. [NL., fr. Gr. po`ros a pore.] (Zoöl.) An important genus of reef-building corals having small twelve-rayed calicles, and a very porous coral. Some species are branched, others grow in large massive or globular forms.

(Pork) n. [F. porc, L. porcus hog, pig. See Farrow a litter of pigs, and cf. Porcelain, Porpoise.] The flesh of swine, fresh or salted, used for food.

(Pork"er) n. A hog. Pope.

(Pork"et) n. [Dim. of F. porc. See Pork.] A young hog; a pig. [R.] Dryden. W. Howitt.

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