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TORE, preterit tense of tear. He tore his robe.

TORE, noun The dead grass that remains on mowing land in winter and spring. [Used in New England.]

TORE, noun [Latin torus.] In architecture, a large round molding on the base of a column. It is distinguished from the astragali by its size. The bases of the Tuscan and Doric columns have only one tore which is between the plinth and listel. In the Attic base there are two.