Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Middle English form of turn.
  • noun In heraldry, a bearing representing an ancient spinning-wheel.
  • In botany, having deep and irregular marginal incisions, as if produced by tearing; lacerate.

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

  • p. p. of tear.

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  • verb Past participle of tear (rip, rend, speed).

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  • adjective disrupted by the pull of contrary forces
  • adjective having edges that are jagged from injury

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Examples

  • Mechanically he ran the rope under the sleeve of his life-jacket; a mighty jerk seemed likely to pull him in halves as the smack sheered; then a heavy, dragging pain came -- he was being torn, torn, _torn_.

    A Dream of the North Sea

  • She was aware of Bashir watching her, eyes wide, his expression torn between protest at her treatment of a superior and reluctant agreement.

    Proud Helios

  • “Borg!” she howled, a word torn from her innermost self.

    VENDETTA: THE GIANT NOVEL

  • “Borg!” she howled, a word torn from her innermost self.

    VENDETTA: THE GIANT NOVEL

  • “Borg!” she howled, a word torn from her innermost self.

    VENDETTA: THE GIANT NOVEL

  • It was a little white packet, and had been opened and the label torn across, but you could read what was on it plain enough -- 'Arsenic -- Poison,' and the name of the chemist in London.

    In Homespun

  • It was the work of an instant only to glance at the label torn from the picture-case.

    The Midnight Passenger : a novel

  • Having stood before each of the fifty-nine canvases displayed on the third floor, this viewer at the elevator door had an impulse to run back in again, as at some lovelorn parting, and make the encounter yield a final word torn from the depths of what Henry James might have termed “the so beautifully unsaid.”

    Vitro Nasu » 2009 » January

  • Having stood before each of the fifty-nine canvases displayed on the third floor, this viewer at the elevator door had an impulse to run back in again, as at some lovelorn parting, and make the encounter yield a final word torn from the depths of what Henry James might have termed “the so beautifully unsaid.”

    John Updike R.I.P

  • It also contained a label torn from a pizza box, and made reference to various pizza toppings.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

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