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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
torn
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be cut/torn to ribbons
▪ Her feet were cut to ribbons on the rocks.
be torn
▪ All but three of the current buildings would be torn down.
▪ Gould was torn between the need to preserve his specimens and the desire to keep them a secret.
▪ Huge gaps were torn in the Confederate line at every discharge.
▪ My thigh is torn, the bone is shattered, although I did not feel the shot that struck me.
▪ Serena is torn between her sisterly love and her annoyance with Stella's aggressive insecurity.
▪ Stella was torn between getting it right and being manhandled by Meredith.
▪ The whole must be torn out by the roots.
be torn apart
▪ Before their lives were torn apart, they were a happy family.
▪ He was torn apart as health and social security secretary and suffered demotion before resigning.
▪ He would be torn apart by the difference between the gravitational force on his head and his feet.
▪ In practice instruments could not survive such a journey; they would be torn apart by the increasing gravitational field gradients.
▪ Parents who objected were torn apart as heretics.
▪ The political structures were torn apart until the very foundations were rocked.
▪ The spaceship would be torn apart by infinitely strong forces.
▪ We have players in the league whose families, let alone countries, are torn apart by war.
be torn/split/rent etc asunder
▪ If the momentum picks up, conventional politics could be torn asunder.
▪ In 1964, the Republican Party was torn asunder by the nomination of conservative Barry Goldwater.
▪ The veils are parting, the mists are rent asunder.
▪ This unity was to be rent asunder by changes in technology and by the impact of the Modern Movement in architecture.
that's torn it!
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Torn

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.
    --Shak.

  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.
    --Addison.

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

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

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

    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.

Torn

Torn \Torn\, p. p. of Tear.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
torn

past participle of tear (v.); from Old English getoren.

Wiktionary
torn

vb. (past participle of tear English) (rip, rend, speed).

WordNet
tear
  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]

torn
  1. adj. having edges that are jagged from injury [syn: lacerate, lacerated, mangled]

  2. disrupted by the pull of contrary forces; "torn between love and hate"; "torn by conflicting loyalties"; "torn by religious dissensions"

torn

See tear

tear
  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]

Wikipedia
Torn

Torn may refer to:

Torn (Battlestar Galactica)

"Torn" is the sixth episode of the third season from the science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica. This episode introduces the concept of a " hybrid", a semi-organic computer which operates the Basestar and is - in a 'very real sense' - to "be" the Basestar. Some Cylon models - the number twos (of which Leoben Conoy is), believe the Hybrid to be speaking for the one true god.

Torn (TV series)

Torn was a three-part original television drama series, which was broadcast on ITV from 19 September 2007 to 3 October 2007. The drama was controversial because reportedly based on real events, and was criticised because of its similarities to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in May 2007. ITV denied any connection between the two, insisting that the series had been inspired by recent cases in the United States and had been written and filmed before Madeleine's disappearance.

Torn (Neon Cross album)

Torn is the second and most recent album by the Neon Cross.

Torn (Evergrey album)

Torn is the seventh studio album from the progressive metal band Evergrey. The album was released in September 2008 on their new label, SPV.

Three trailers were released on the band's site which contain short clips from a number of songs on the album, all accompanied by artwork and text. The "March edition" trailer revealed that the album will have 11 songs on it. The single "Fail" can be downloaded from the band's official website.

The album debuted at #4 in Swedish charts.

Torn (LeToya Luckett song)

"Torn" is the first official single (second overall) from American R&B singer LeToya's debut album LeToya which was released in March 2006 and soon became a hit, having a high airplay, just missing out the top ten on the U.S. Hot 100 Airplay charts at number eleven. "Torn" became a hit on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at number two. It also entered the top twenty on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Adult R&B charts.

In September 2006, the song was finally released in other countries all over the world, namely the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia and became a moderate worldwide hit.

The song is about the protagonist being "torn" between staying with or leaving her lover (played in the music video by Will Demps). The song contains a musical sample of The Stylistics's 1971 classic " You Are Everything."

The official remix is known as the " So So Def Remix" featuring guest appearances from rappers Mike Jones and Rick Ross and production from Jermaine Dupri. The album version is also slightly different from the single version and there is also a version with rapper Short Dogg and Dave Young, co-writer of Torn, singing along with LeToya.

"Torn" had one of its biggest successes on BET's 106 & Park. It reached number one in eleven days and stayed there for twenty-five days straight. It remained on the countdown for sixty-five days.

Torn (Ednaswap song)

"Torn" is a song originally by American alternative rock band Ednaswap from their debut album Ednaswap (1995). It was their second single from that album, after "Glow". "Torn" was written by Scott Cutler, Anne Preven, and Phil Thornalley during a demo session in 1993 before Ednaswap was formed. The lyrics were written by Preven. Thornalley and Cutler produced the session.

Already in 1993 the song was recorded by the Danish singer Lis Sørensen after it was translated by Elisabeth Gjerluff Nielsen. The title is "Brændt" (Burned).

Covered several times, the most widely known version of the song was recorded by Australian pop singer Natalie Imbruglia in 1997. Imbruglia's version peaked at number one on singles charts in Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Spain and Sweden; and on Billboards Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts. It reached number two on Imbruglia's home country's ARIA Singles Chart as well as in Italy, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Torn (online game)

Torn, previously known as Torn City before the change to TORN, is a free, online text-based massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created by British online gaming entrepreneur Joe Chedburn. The game was launched in 2003. In 2010, over 24,000 people played daily, and over 1 million accounts existed in total. Torn is a virtual world based around gang violence. Like many RPGs, players start at the bottom of the ladder and make their way to the top by earning experience points. The game focuses on crimes and player versus player combat as a way of earning XP or experience points.

Torn uses the " freemium" business model: players can purchase in-game benefits in exchange for payments, which are termed "donations". The donations can be made by either PayPal, Bitcoins, Amazon or the recently resurrected mobile phone method. Another form of donation which was recently added was the subscription service. You are allowed to create a monthly subscription to Torn and you will receive a Donator Pack monthly, as well as a yearly subscription in which you will receive a Donator Pack lasting for a total of 267 days.

The separately sold versions of these "Donator Packs", containing i.a. 50 "points"(+multibuy bonuses), a longer energy bar, faster refills and the possibility to make use of a friend- and blacklist system, are given to players as items. This makes them sellable/tradable to other players in the game itself. The subscribed versions of these are directly credited to the "subscriber".

"Torn 2.0" or RESPO was announced by Joe Chedburn in early 2013 (Talks of this had started in 2012) said that the game would receive a complete overhaul at both the front end (graphically) and back end (engine). This has caused many positive and negative responses from the games players.

Torn 2.0 (RESPO) was successfully deployed on the 23rd of June 2014. The first phase was focused on the graphics of the game and introduced some new engine aspects, such as the city map. Updates of old and new features are being added to Torn gradually while bugs fixed. Features yet to be released are a new attacking system and a new mission engine.

Torn (2009 film)

TORN is a 2009 American independent drama film written and directed by Richard Johnson. This was his debut feature length narrative film.

Torn (Hocking novel)

Torn is the second book of the young adult paranormal literature series the Trylle Trilogy. It picks up the story of Wendy Everly and the Trylle that began in Switched.

It was again self-published by Amanda Hocking as an eBook on 12 November 2010.

Hocking has referred to Torn as 'the dark middle child' of the series, citing more mature themes and a darker storyline than the previous novel.

Torn (2013 American film)

Torn is a 2013 drama film directed Jeremiah Birnbaum and written by Michael Richter. The film stars Mahnoor Baloch, Faran Tahir, Dendrie Taylor and John Heard. The film was released on October 18, 2013.

Torn (2013 Nigerian film)

Torn is a 2013 Nigerian psychological thriller film directed by Moses Inwang starring Joseph Benjamin, Ireti Doyle and Monalisa Chinda. It received five nominations at the 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards for categories Director of the Year, Movie of the Year, Best Edited Movie, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress in a Leading Role, but did not win any awards.

Torn (band)

Torn is an American Christian hardcore band that originated in multiple U.S. states. The consisted of Vocalist Joe Musten of Advent, Guitarist Ben Kocinski of Venia, Bassist Aaron Travis, and Drummer Neil Engelman both of Jawbone.

Usage examples of "torn".

Bulkezu had torn it from her cloak, that day the Quman had captured her.

The blade had caught the surface of the skin and torn it back raggedly, but not deeply.

They were much darker and wore torn robes and ragged pointy felt caps over cropped hair.

He staggers, gasping for air so that he can call out to her, but Adica is lost to him, torn away into the whirlwind.

The cataclysm will happen again when that which was torn asunder returns to its original place.

The table lay upended, torn pages of a prayer book strewn along the floor in among broken fragments of a smashed chair.

They picked their way over mounds of bricks, slipping, staggering, hands scraped raw and clothing torn as they reached the spot where the alley opened onto the avenue.

Had it only been seven or eight days since she had left Verna, torn away by her kinfolk?

If he had been torn to pieces by the griffin, then it had not taken place here, and if he had slaughtered the griffin, a field of gore would have marked their struggle.

There is an old sorcerer still alive there who lived in the days of the great cataclysm when his people and their land were torn from Earth.

Her arm is torn from his grasp but as she is hauled away, she thrusts a bundle into his arms.

The land inhabited by the Ashioi will return to the roots from which it was torn free.

I am amazed that she could be torn from such a high seat and thrown like a common wanderer onto such a path as this one.

One had a torn ear and the other limped, but he knew them, and they knew him.

The cry erupted, torn from the listening multitude, for certainly a mass of people now pressed into the chamber and crowded the broad hall beyond.