v. poured, pour·ing, pours
a. To cause (a liquid or granular solid) to stream or flow, as from a container: poured tea from the pot into the cup.
b. To pour a liquid or particles into (a container): poured a glass of milk.
c. To empty (a container) of a liquid or granular solid: poured a bucket of sand on the ground.
2. To send forth, produce, express, or utter copiously, as if in a stream or flood: poured money into the project; poured out my inner thoughts.
1. To stream or flow continuously or profusely: Water poured over the dam.
2. To rain hard or heavily: It has been pouring for an hour.
3. To pass or proceed in large numbers or quantity: Students poured into the auditorium.
4. To serve a beverage, such as tea or coffee, to a gathering: We need someone to pour.
A pouring or flowing forth, especially a downpour of rain.
pour it on Informal
1. To move or perform an activity at maximum speed or intensity.
2. To speak or express oneself continuously or elaborately.
[Middle English pouren, perhaps from Old North French purer, to sift, pour out, from Latin pūrāre, to purify, from pūrus, pure; see peuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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