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Torus \To"rus\ (t[=o]"r[u^]s), n.; pl. Tori (t[=o]"r[imac]). [L., a round, swelling, or bulging place, an elevation. Cf. 3d Tore.]

  1. (Arch.) A large molding used in the bases of columns. Its profile is semicircular. See Illust. of Molding.
    --Brande & C.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) One of the ventral parapodia of tubicolous annelids. It usually has the form of an oblong thickening or elevation of the integument with rows of uncini or hooks along the center. See Illust. under Tubicol[ae].

  3. (Bot.) The receptacle, or part of the flower on which the carpels stand.

  4. (Geom.)

    1. The surface described by the circumference of a circle revolving about a straight line in its own plane.

    2. The solid inclosed by such a surface; -- sometimes called an anchor ring.

      Syn: Syn.
      --3d Tore[2].

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fem. proper name, originally short for Victoria.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (torus English) 2 (context plural only English) A protective, epidermal thickening derived from the stratum corneum and found in high friction areas (such as the foot sole of a dog). Etymology 2

n. (label en judo martial arts) One who executes a technique against the training partner, or uke.

  1. n. a ring-shaped surface generated by rotating a circle around an axis that does not intersect the circle [syn: toroid]

  2. commonly the lowest molding at the base of a column [syn: tore]

  3. [also: tori (pl)]


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Tori may refer to:

Tori (wrestler)

Terri Poch (born August 20, 1964) is an American bodybuilder and former professional wrestler, best known for her appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as Tori. She opened her own yoga studio in Portland.

Tori (martial arts)

is a term used in Japanese martial arts to refer to the executor of a technique in partnered practice. The term "tori" comes from the verb , meaning "to take", "to pick up", or "to choose".

In judo and some other martial arts, tori is the person who completes the technique against the training partner, called uke. Regardless of the situation, the principle is that "tori" is always the one who successfully completes a technique. The terms "tori" and "uke" are not synonymous with attacker and defender, because the role is determined by who completes a successful technique, not who initiates one.

In aikido and related martial arts, tori executes a defensive technique against a designated attack initiated by uke. Aikido has alternate terms describing the role of tori, depending on the particular style or situation, including and .

Tori (Georgia)

Tori is a historic region in central Georgia, now part of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region, together with Javakheti and Meskheti. It borders on Trialeti to the east, Imereti to the northwest and Shida Kartli to the northeast. The province chiefly lay in what is now known as the Borjomi Gorge. In medieval Georgia, Tori was in hereditary possession of the Gamrekeli (Toreli) family. The name "Tori" went obsolete in the 15th century. Around the same time, it became a hereditary fiefdom of the Avalishvili family.

Category:Former provinces of Georgia (country) Category:Historical regions of Georgia (country)

Usage examples of "tori".

As the bearers carried her out of the house, she fell asleepbut it was a sleep troubled by nightmares, in which Prince Strymon kept turning into the High Rexja Toris, into one of the Shalnuksis, and worst of all, into the Wanax Sarakos!

You can carve up Torien at your leisure once I've found out what I need to know.

And Torien, having tested the ros’salath and grown more confident in its use—and knowing that Prince Elsen of Grib was on his way with soldiers to defend Goddess Keep—was not overly worried.

How usual they sound, Torien thought, as if this was practice -- as if there weren't thousands of Vellant'im ready to tear Goddess Keep apart and weave our rings through their beards.