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

  • n. Law Damage, injury, or a wrongful act done willfully, negligently, or in circumstances involving strict liability, but not involving breach of contract, for which a civil suit can be brought.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tart, sharp.
  • n. this sense?) (plural, torts) The area of law dealing with such wrongful acts.
  • adj. Stretched tight; taut.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Mischief; injury; calamity.
  • n. Any civil wrong or injury; a wrongful act (not involving a breach of contract) for which an action will lie; a form of action, in some parts of the United States, for a wrong or injury.
  • adj. Stretched tight; taut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wrong; injustice; harm.
  • n. In law, a wrong such as the law requires compensation for in damages; an infringement or privation of the private or civil rights of a person considered as a private person or an owner. The same act considered in its relation to the state may be a crime.
  • n. A cake. Compare tart and torta.
  • n. A twisting, wrenching, or racking; a griping.
  • n. A candle; a light.
  • Tart; sharp.
  • An erroneous form of taut, simulating tort.
  • A Middle English form of toward.

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

  • n. (law) any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be brought

Etymologies

Middle English, injury, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tortum, from Latin, neuter past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dialectal variation of tart. (Wiktionary)
From Old French tort. (Wiktionary)

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