This man just tore through a paper.
- Tore is defined as having moved very quickly.
An example of tore is what happened when the cat ran through the house at midnight.
- 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.
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 *dÄ“wÇ- (“to fail, be behind, be lacking"). Cognate with Old High German zur- (“mis-", prefix), Gothic ð„ðŒ¿ðŒ¶- (tuz-, “hard, difficult", prefix), Ancient Greek Î´Ï…Ïƒ- (dys-, “bad, ill, difficult", prefix). More at dys-.
- Simple past tense of tear. (rip, rend, speed).
- (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.
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Probably from the root of tear; compare Welsh word for a break or cut.