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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.
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