Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To tear apart; tear to pieces or shreds; rend.
  • v. To break.
  • v. To disturb violently; agitate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To tear or rend in pieces.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tear apart; tear to pieces; rend; break.
  • To disturb violently; agitate.

Etymologies

From Middle English toteren, from Old English tōteran ("to tear apart, tear asunder"), from Proto-Germanic *twiz- (“apart”), *tiranan (“to tear, tear away”), equivalent to to- +‎ tear. (Wiktionary)

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