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▪ He tore a ligament in his left knee.
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Tear \Tear\ (t[^a]r), v. t. [imp. Tore (t[=o]r), ((Obs. Tare) (t[^a]r); p. p. Torn (t[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. Tearing.] [OE. teren, AS. teran; akin to OS. farterian to destroy, D. teren to consume, G. zerren to pull, to tear, zehren to consume, Icel. t[ae]ra, Goth. gata['i]ran to destroy, Lith. dirti to flay, Russ. drate to pull, to tear, Gr. de`rein to flay, Skr. dar to burst. [root]63. Cf. Darn, Epidermis, Tarre, Tirade.]

  1. To separate by violence; to pull apart by force; to rend; to lacerate; as, to tear cloth; to tear a garment; to tear the skin or flesh.

    Tear him to pieces; he's a conspirator.

  2. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend; as, a party or government torn by factions.

  3. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to sunder; as, a child torn from its home.

    The hand of fate Hath torn thee from me.

  4. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair.

  5. To move violently; to agitate. ``Once I loved torn ocean's roar.''

    To tear a cat, to rant violently; to rave; -- especially applied to theatrical ranting. [Obs.]

    To tear down, to demolish violently; to pull or pluck down.

    To tear off, to pull off by violence; to strip.

    To tear out, to pull or draw out by violence; as, to tear out the eyes.

    To tear up, to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the foundation of government or order.


Tore \Tore\, imp. of Tear.


Tore \Tore\, n. [Probably from the root of tear; cf. W. t['o]r a break, cut, t['o]ri to break, cut.] The dead grass that remains on mowing land in winter and spring. [Prov. Eng.]


Tore \Tore\, n. [See Torus.]

  1. (Arch.) Same as Torus.

  2. (Geom.) same as torus.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 (context dialectal or obsolete English) hard, difficult; wearisome, tedious. 2 (context dialectal or obsolete English) strong, sturdy; great, massive. 3 (context dialectal or obsolete English) full; rich. alt. 1 (context dialectal or obsolete English) hard, difficult; wearisome, tedious. 2 (context dialectal or obsolete English) strong, sturdy; great, massive. 3 (context dialectal or obsolete English) full; rich. Etymology 2


  2. (en-simple pasttear) (rip, rend, speed). Etymology 3

    n. 1 (context architecture English) (alternative form of torus English) 2 (context geometry English) The surface described by the circumference of a circle revolving about a straight line in its own plane. 3 The solid enclosed by such a surface; an anchor ring. Etymology 4

    n. The dead grass that remains on mowing land in winter and spring.

  1. n. a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands; "his story brought tears to her eyes" [syn: teardrop]

  2. an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart; "there was a rip in his pants"; "she had snags in her stockings" [syn: rip, rent, snag, split]

  3. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking; "they went on a bust that lasted three days" [syn: bust, binge, bout]

  4. the act of tearing; "he took the manuscript in both hands and gave it a mighty tear"

  5. [also: torn, tore]

  1. v. separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper" [syn: rupture, snap, bust]

  2. to separate or be separated by force; "planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars"

  3. move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office" [syn: shoot, shoot down, charge, buck]

  4. strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon" [syn: pluck, pull, deplume, deplumate, displume]

  5. fill with tears or shed tears; "Her eyes were tearing"

  6. [also: torn, tore]


n. commonly the lowest molding at the base of a column [syn: torus]


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Tõre is a village in Leisi Parish, Saare County in western Estonia.

Category:Villages in Saare County

Tore (volcano)

Tore is a volcano located in the northern part of the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Violent Pleistocene eruptions produced two ignimbrite fans stretching west to the coast, and a 6 km by 9 km caldera. A post-caldera lava cone on the caldera's southern rim is the source of lava flows. Well-preserved features suggests a recent date for this cone and a nearby ash cone.


Töre ( Kalix Language: te'or) is a locality situated in Kalix Municipality, Norrbotten County, Sweden with 1,099 inhabitants in 2010.

Its harbour is the northernmost of the Bothnian Bay (and thus, of the Baltic Sea) that is accessible to commercial vessels. The European route E10 passes through Töre.

Tore (disambiguation)

Tore is a Scandinavian given name.

Tore may also refer to:


  • Tõre, Estonia, a village
  • Tore, Scotland, a village
  • Töre, Sweden, a locality
  • Töre River, Sweden
  • Tore (volcano), Papua New Guinea


  • Tore (clan) ( :ru:Торе ) - direct descendants of Genghis Khan in central Asia
  • Elihan Tore (1885–1976), President of the Second East Turkistan Republic
  • Gökhan Töre (born 1992), Turkish footballer
  • Tore Station, a railway station in Latvia

Usage examples of "tore".

A volley of gunfire tore into the Aberrant creature and it squawked in fury, but it would not let go of its prize.

Revenge and the hatred for the monsters that tore my body apart, were my major incentives to keep the search for Adeem alive.

The spiky handwriting on the airmail envelope from London was obviously hers, and Pug tore it open with more eagerness than he wanted to feel.

He tore away some of the scarlet fringe, then offered Alfin a hand-sized piece of the white interior.

They tore that open, and there was the hay-rope lying stretched down alongst his breast, so fresh that they saw at first sight that it was made of risp, a sort of long sword-grass that grows about marshes and the sides of lakes.

As the aeroplane tore higher into the thin atmosphere, out of the window Mandelstim could see the many, many camps, each a white clearing in the forest, like patches of nervous alopecia in a dark green beard.

Those glistening, dripping fangs were an inch from his legs when he squeezed the trigger, the rifle recoiling into his shoulder as the heavy slug tore through the arachnid and it stopped dead.

As it tore down the autobahn toward Frankfurt, the bumping caused the heavy springs above the front wheels to retract slightly, crushing the small bulb between the jaws of the bomb trigger to fragments of glass.

They prostrated themselves in salaams and tore off their tulbands and beat their bare heads on the floor, and did not desist until my father distributed bakhshish among them, at which they saw us off with broad smiles and commendations to the protection of Allah.

One swung the bell-like muzzle of his balister toward Pandaras, and then there was a wave of earth and fire which tore the world away.

Breakfast dishes went flying, shattering, mess tables upended, lockers spilled open, and in the belowdeck barbettes, massive gun turrets tore free from their housings and tumbled grindingly down the slanting platforms, crushing crewmen.

He tore his eyes away just in time to see a Bludger bearing down on him, and he ducked.

Wakje was caught on submerged debris till he tore free and came up spitting.

A moment later De Coude was apologizing to his host as he tore open the envelope.

I tore her night-gown to rags, but I could not tear it entirely off her.