American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Preterit of tear.
- n. A projecting knob or ball used as an ornament on furniture, as cradles and chairs.
- n. The pommel of a saddle.
- n. The dead grass that remains on mowing land in winter and spring.
- See tor.
- n. In architecture, same as torus, 1.
- n. In geometry, a surface generated by the revolution of a conic (especially a circle) about an axis lying in its plane.
- adj. Hard, difficult; wearisome, tedious.
- adj. Strong, sturdy; great, massive.
- adj. Full; rich.
- v. Simple past of tear (rip, rend, speed).
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. of tear.
- n. Prov. Eng. The dead grass that remains on mowing land in winter and spring.
- n. (Arch.) Same as torus.
- n. (Geom.) same as torus.
- n. commonly the lowest molding at the base of a column
- From Middle English tor, tore, toor, from Old Norse tor- ("hard, difficult, wrong, bad", prefix), from Proto-Germanic *tuz- (“hard, difficult, wrong, bad”), from Proto-Indo-European *dus- (“bad, ill, difficult”), from Proto-Indo-European *dēwǝ- (“to fail, be behind, be lacking”). Cognate with Old High German zur- ("mis-", prefix), Gothic 𐍄𐌿𐌶- (tuz-, "hard, difficult", prefix), Ancient Greek δυσ- (dys-, "bad, ill, difficult", prefix). More at dys-. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Latin torus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His name tore through her mind, for she was certain she’d never see her betrothed again.”
“A searing pain tore through her stomach and she shrieked, trying not to writhe on the table.”
“Arrows screamed through the air at him, but every shot was blocked by trees that suddenly bent and roots that tore from the earth, dragging the arrows down to the ground.”
“The tin also has a small piece of striker I tore from a box of matches.”
“A corner of the tarpaulin tore loose, and Shorty received a jet of driven snow down the back of his neck.”
“I never tore my urethra, but Urethra Franklin tore me a new one after I accidentally ate one of her twelve ham sandwiches.”
“Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire;”
“Our best clue is in the few shots of the wrinkled obit Jack tore from the newspaper.”
“He was uninjured even after the cabin tore apart and finally came to a stop in an upside-down position and moved quickly to lead three children who were flying unaccompanied to safety.”
“When Harveyâ€ ™ s body was whole once more, the stress of the void again tore it apart, only for the nano-bots to rebuild again.”
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