Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that torments.
  • noun A hanging at each side of a stage directly behind the proscenium that serves to block the wing area and sidelights from the audience.
  • noun A sound-absorbent screen used on a movie set, used to prevent echo.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which torments.
  • noun One who or that which causes pain or anguish; a cause of suffering or great distress.
  • noun In agriculture, an instrument for reducing a stiff soil.
  • noun A long fork used by a ship's cook to take meat out of the coppers.
  • noun In theatrical use, one of the elaborately painted wings which stand in the first grooves.
  • noun Same as back-scratcher. Also tormenter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun someone who torments
  • noun a flat at each side of the stage to prevent the audience from seeing into the wings

Etymologies

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to torment + -or

Examples

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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