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Cage vs Pore - What's the difference?

cage | pore |

As nouns the difference between cage and pore

is that cage is an enclosure made of bars, normally to hold animals while pore is a tiny opening in the skin.

As verbs the difference between cage and pore

is that cage is to put into a cage while pore is to study meticulously; to go over again and again.

As a proper noun Cage

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(en noun)
  • an enclosure made of bars, normally to hold animals.
  • We keep a bird in a cage .
    The tigers are in a cage to protect the public.
    The most dangerous prisoners are locked away in a cage .
  • the passenger compartment of a lift
  • (hockey, water polo) the goal.
  • (US derogatory slang) automobile
  • (figuratively) Something that hinders freedom.
  • (athletics) The area from which competitors throw a discus or hammer.
  • (obsolete) A place of confinement for malefactors.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * Lovelace
  • Stone walls do not a prison make, / Nor iron bars a cage .
  • An outer framework of timber, enclosing something within it.
  • the cage of a staircase
  • (engineering) A skeleton frame to limit the motion of a loose piece, such as a ball valve.
  • A wirework strainer, used in connection with pumps and pipes.
  • (mining) The drum on which the rope is wound in a hoisting whim.
  • (baseball) The catcher's wire mask.
  • Derived terms

    * birdcage * cageling * cagey * roll cage


  • To put into a cage.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author=(Henry Petroski)
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  • To keep in a cage.
  • To track individual responses to direct mail, either (advertising) to maintain and develop mailing lists or (politics) to identify people who are not eligible to vote because they do not reside at the registered addresses.
  • (figuratively) To restrict someone's movement or creativity.
  • Derived terms

    * caged in * uncage * caging list * rattle someone's cage



    (wikipedia pore)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) pouren, from (etyl), from (etyl) porus, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A tiny opening in the skin.
  • By extension any small opening or interstice, especially one of many or allowing passage of a fluid.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) poren, pouren, . See (l).


  • to study meticulously; to go over again and again.
  • to meditate or reflect in a steady way.
  • Derived terms
    * pore over


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