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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who torments.
  • n. An implement for reducing a stiff soil, resembling a harrow, but running upon wheels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, torments; one who inflicts penal anguish or tortures.
  • n. An implement for reducing a stiff soil, resembling a harrow, but running upon wheels.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which torments.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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)



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  • ""Stage right," I said. "Behind the black tormentor curtains."
    Rupert blinked once or twice, shot me a barbed look, and clattered back up the narrow steps to the stage. For a few moments we could hear him muttering away to himself up there, punctuated by the metallic sounds of panels being opened and slammed, and switches clicked on and off."
    The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley, p 34

    May 9, 2010