What does pour mean?

Definitions for pour
pɔr, poʊrpour

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pourverb

    cause to run

    "pour water over the floor"

  2. pour, swarm, stream, teem, pullulateverb

    move in large numbers

    "people were pouring out of the theater"; "beggars pullulated in the plaza"

  3. decant, pour, pour outverb

    pour out

    "the sommelier decanted the wines"

  4. pourverb

    flow in a spurt

    "Water poured all over the floor"

  5. pourverb

    supply in large amounts or quantities

    "We poured money into the education of our children"

  6. pour, pelt, stream, rain cats and dogs, rain bucketsverb

    rain heavily

    "Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!"


  1. pournoun

    The act of pouring.

  2. pournoun

    Something, or an amount, poured.

  3. pournoun

    A stream, or something like a stream; especially a flood of precipitation.

    A pour of rain. --Miss Ferrier.

  4. pourverb

    To cause to flow in a stream, as a liquid or anything flowing like a liquid, either out of a vessel or into it

    to pour water from a pail; to pour wine into a decanter; to pour oil upon the waters; to pour out sand or dust.

  5. pourverb

    To send forth as in a stream or a flood; to emit; to let escape freely or wholly.

  6. pourverb

    To send forth from, as in a stream; to discharge uninterruptedly.

    Is it for thee the linnet pours his throat ? --A.Pope.

  7. pourverb

    To flow, pass or issue in or as a stream; to fall continuously and abundantly; as, the rain pours.

  8. Etymology: From pouren, pouren. Origin uncertain. Likely of origin, from Celtic base *. Akin to Welsh bwrw, Scottish Gaelic purr, Irish purraim.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To POURverb

    Etymology: supposed to be derived from the Welsh bwrw.

    If they will not believe those signs, take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land. Exodus iv. 9.

    He said, pour out for the people, and there was no harm in the pot. 2 Kings iv. 41.

    He stretched out his hand to the cup, and poured of the blood of the grape, he poured out at the foot of the altar a sweet smelling savour into the most high. Ecclus. l. 15.

    A Samaritan bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and brought him to an inn. Luke x. 34.

    Your fury then boil’d upward to a fome;
    But since this message came, you sink and settle,
    As if cold water had been pour’d upon you. Dryden.

    Hie thee hither,
    That I may pour my spirits in thine ear,
    And chastise with the valour of my tongue
    All that impedes thee from the golden round. William Shakespeare.

    London doth pour out her citizens;
    The mayor and all his brethren in best sort,
    With the plebeians swarming. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    As thick as hail
    Came post on post; and every one did bear
    Thy praises in his kingdom’s great defence,
    And pour’d them down before him. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The devotion of the heart is the tongue of the soul; actuated and heated with love, it pours itself forth in supplications and prayers. Brian Duppa, Rules for Devotion.

    If we had groats or sixpences current by law, that wanted one third of the silver by the standard, who can imagine, that our neighbours would not pour in quantities of such money upon us, to the great loss of the kingdom. John Locke.

    Is it for thee the linnet pours his throat?
    Loves of his own and raptures swell the note. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Pourverb

    If the rude throng pour on with furious pace,
    And hap to break thee from a friend’s embrace,
    Stop short. John Gay.

    All his fleecy flock
    Before him march, and pour into the rock,
    Not one or male or female stay’d behind. Alexander Pope.

    A ghastly band of giants,
    Pouring down the mountains, crowd the shore. Alexander Pope.

    A gathering throng,
    Youth and white age tumultuous pour along. Alexander Pope.


  1. pour

    To pour means to transfer a liquid from one container into another by causing it to flow steadily and smoothly, typically in a continuous stream. It can also refer to flowing or moving in a continuous and heavy or overwhelming way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pouradjective


  2. Pourverb

    to pore

  3. Pourverb

    to cause to flow in a stream, as a liquid or anything flowing like a liquid, either out of a vessel or into it; as, to pour water from a pail; to pour wine into a decanter; to pour oil upon the waters; to pour out sand or dust

  4. Pourverb

    to send forth as in a stream or a flood; to emit; to let escape freely or wholly

  5. Pourverb

    to send forth from, as in a stream; to discharge uninterruptedly

  6. Pourverb

    to flow, pass, or issue in a stream, or as a stream; to fall continuously and abundantly; as, the rain pours; the people poured out of the theater

  7. Pournoun

    a stream, or something like a stream; a flood

  8. Etymology: [OE. pouren, of uncertain origin; cf. W. bwrw to cast, throw, shed, bwrw gwlaw to rain.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pour

    pōr, v.t. to cause to flow or fall in streams or drops: to throw with force: to send forth in great quantity: to give vent to: to utter.—v.i. to flow: to issue forth: to rush.—n. Pour′er. [Celt., as W. bwrw, to throw, Gael. purr, to push.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. POUR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pour is ranked #60960 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pour surname appeared 330 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Pour.

    59.7% or 197 total occurrences were White.
    30% or 99 total occurrences were Black.
    3.9% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.6% or 12 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.7% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pour' in Verbs Frequency: #501

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pour in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of pour in a Sentence

  1. Harry Emerson Fosdick:

    The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are made of the same water. It flows down, clean and cool, from the heights of Herman and the roots of the cedars of Lebanon. the Sea of Galilee makes beauty of it, the Sea of Galilee has an outlet. It gets to give. It gathers in its riches that it may pour them out again to fertilize the Jordan plain. But the Dead Sea with the same water makes horror. For the Dead Sea has no outlet. It gets to keep.

  2. Mandy Moore:

    Life is not easy. I think it’s been great to be able to take all of the chapters of my life and pour it into a job like this because it all helps. It’s all fuel.

  3. Olli Heinonen:

    You can repaint, and pour concrete, to hide radioactive residue or simulate the tests with non-nuclear material.

  4. Charles de LEUSSE:

    His statue served as a lesson and was inscribed: the heart of stone make the body of stone. Forever. (Sa statue servit de leçon et fut inscrit : le cœur de pierre fait le corps de pierre. Pour toujours.)”

  5. Vladimir Khokhlov:

    I can’t live without bathing daily in cold water, it’s like a drug, if there’s no river nearby I have to find another way to pour cold water over myself from head to foot.

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