American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that torments.
- n. A hanging at each side of a stage directly behind the proscenium that serves to block the wing area and sidelights from the audience.
- n. A sound-absorbent screen used on a movie set, used to prevent echo.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which torments. Especially
- n. One who or that which causes pain or anguish; a cause of suffering or great distress.
- n. In agriculture, an instrument for reducing a stiff soil. It is somewhat like a harrow, but runs on wheels, and each tine is furnished with a hoe or share that cuts up the ground.
- n. A long fork used by a ship's cook to take meat out of the coppers.
- n. In theatrical use, one of the elaborately painted wings which stand in the first grooves.
- n. Same as back-scratcher. Also tormenter.
- n. Someone who torments.
- n. An implement for reducing a stiff soil, resembling a harrow, but running upon wheels.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, torments; one who inflicts penal anguish or tortures.
- n. (Agric.) An implement for reducing a stiff soil, resembling a harrow, but running upon wheels.
- n. someone who torments
- n. a flat at each side of the stage to prevent the audience from seeing into the wings
- to torment + -or (Wiktionary)
“Luckily, his tormentor is less extreme than the examples above.”
“And she feels with blood-chilling certainty that her mysterious tormentor is perilously close and that she may vanish next.”
“Jacob Shuster was the name of the man whom she spoke of as her tormentor and master, and from whom she fled.”
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“In March, 2007, 17-year-old Eric Mohat shot himself in the head, after a long-term tormentor told him in class, "Why don't you go home and shoot yourself; no one will miss you.”
“Liskula Cohen, who successfully sued Google to unmask the blogger, told "Good Morning America" Wednesday that she called her tormentor and ...”
“Wednesday that she called her tormentor and said she forgives her.”
“Another claimed his tormentor was a psychotic neighbor who first tried to lure him into a threesome.”
“Mr. Tickels writhed beneath the sarcasm, and turned deadly pale, although he and his tormentor were the only persons present who comprehended the secret meaning of the words -- for Fanny was too much engrossed in conversation with Argyle, to heed the remark.”
“Louder related how, while at the lake in the wood, he had been visited by this mysterious apparition, who offered him a book to sign, adding that he knew at once that his tormentor was a wizard or the Devil, that his eyes were in an instant changed to fire, and sulphurous smoke issued from his nostrils.”
“And the harmony of their meeting, constrained and un-natural as it was, would probably very soon have been ruptured by the almost bursting indignation which agitated her bosom, had not the martial summons to the evening parade called her tormentor from her presence.”
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