- The definition of tore is having ripped something or separated it into two pieces.
An example of tore is what someone did to a page in a magazine they wanted to keep.
- Tore is defined as having moved very quickly.
An example of tore is what happened when the cat ran through the house at midnight.
This man just tore through a paper.
Origin of toreFrench, from Latin torus.
(comparative more tore, superlative most tore)
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 - (tuz-, “hard, difficult”, prefix), Ancient Greek δυσ- (dys-, “bad, ill, difficult”, prefix). More at dys-.
- Simple past tense of tear. (rip, rend, speed).
- The past tense of the other verb tear, meaning "produce liquid from the eyes", is teared.
- (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.
Variant of tear
transitive verbtore, torn, tearing
- to pull apart or separate into pieces by force; rip or rend (cloth, paper, etc.)
- to make or cause by tearing or puncturing: to tear a hole in a dress
- to wound by tearing; lacerate: skin torn and bruised
- to force apart or divide into factions; disrupt; split: ranks torn by dissension
- to divide with doubt, uncertainty, etc.; agitate; torment: a mind torn between duty and desire
- to remove by or as by tearing, pulling, etc.: with up, out, away, off, etc.: to tear a plant up by its roots, to tear oneself away
Origin of tearMiddle English teren ; from Old English teran, to rend, akin to German zehren, to destroy, consume ; from Indo-European base an unverified form der-, to skin, split from source drab, derma
- to be torn
- to move violently or with speed; dash
- the act of tearing
- the result of a tearing; torn place; rent
- a rushing pace; great hurry
- wear and tear
- ☆ Slang a carousal; spree
- to wreck or demolish (a building, etc.)
- to dismantle or take apart: to tear down an engine
- to cause to disintegrate
- to controvert or disprove (an argument, etc.) point by point