torture or"ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {tortured} (t[^o]r"t[-u]rd; 135); p. pr. & vb. n. {tTorturing.}] [Cf. F. Torturer. ] 1. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex. [1913 Webster]

2. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort. --Jar. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

4. To keep on the stretch, as a bow. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The bow tortureth the string. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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