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- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: tô(r), IPA(key): /tɔː(ɹ)/
- (US) enPR: tôr, IPA(key): /toʊɹ/, /tɔːɹ/
- Rhymes: -ɔː(r)
From Middle English tor, tore, toor, from Old Norse tor- (“hard, difficult, wrong, bad”, prefix), from Proto-Germanic *tuz- (“hard, difficult, wrong, bad”), from Proto-Indo-European *dus- (“bad, ill, difficult”), from Proto-Indo-European *dēwǝ- (“to fail, be behind, be lacking”). Cognate with Old High German zur- (“mis-”, prefix), Gothic 𐍄𐌿𐌶- (tuz-, “hard, difficult”, prefix), Ancient Greek δυσ- (dus-, “bad, ill, difficult”, prefix). More at dys-.
- (dialectal or obsolete) Hard, difficult; wearisome, tedious.
- (dialectal or obsolete) Strong, sturdy; great, massive.
- (dialectal or obsolete) Full; rich.
- simple past tense of (rip, rend, speed).
tore (plural tores)
- (architecture) Alternative form of torus.
- (geometry) The surface described by the circumference of a circle revolving about a straight line in its own plane.
- The solid enclosed by such a surface; an anchor ring.
Probably from the root of tear; compare Welsh word for a break or cut.
- The dead grass that remains on mowing land in winter and spring.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Mortimer to this entry?)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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tore m (plural tores)
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