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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Judaism The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures. See Table at Bible.
  • n. Judaism A scroll of parchment containing the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures, used in a synagogue during services.
  • n. Judaism The entire body of religious law and learning including both sacred literature and oral tradition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures, attributed to Moses and therefore also known as the Five Books of Moses.
  • proper n. The full body of written Jewish law, including the Tanakh, the Talmud, the Mishnah and the midrashic texts.
  • proper n. The whole of Jewish law, both written and unwritten.
  • proper n. The encompassing philosophy of Judaism.
  • n. A specially written scroll containing the five books of Moses, such as those used in religious services.
  • n. A book containing the five books of Moses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A law; a precept.
  • n. Divine instruction; revelation.
  • n. The Pentateuch or “Law of Moses.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient Hebrew literature, any decision or instruction in matters of law and conduct given by a sacred authority; the revealed will of God; specifically, the (Mosaic) law; hence, the book of the law, the Pentateuch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Judaism) the scroll of parchment on which the first five books of the Hebrew Scripture is written; is used in a synagogue during services
  • n. the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit
  • n. the whole body of the Jewish sacred writings and tradition including the oral tradition

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Hebrew tôrâ, law, instruction, from hôrâ, to throw, direct, teach, derived stem of yārâ, to throw, shoot; see wrw in Semitic roots.

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From Hebrew תורה ("instruction, law or teaching").

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