Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word tor. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in tor.
Definitions and meaning of tor
(US) IPA(key): /tɔɹ/
(UK) IPA(key): /tɔː(ɹ)/
Homophones: tore(in accents with the horse-hoarse merger), torr(all accents), tour(in accents with the pour-poor merger), taw(in non-rhotic accents)
From Middle Englishtor, torr-, from Old Englishtorr, tor(“a high rock, lofty hill, tower”), possibly from Proto-Celtic, compare Old Welsh*tor(“hill”); ultimately from Latinturris(“tower”), from Ancient Greekτύρρις(túrrhis), τύρσις(túrsis, “tower”), of non-Indo-European origin.
Cognate with Cornishtor, Scottish Gaelictòrr, Welshtŵr, Irishtor, Frenchtor, and Romanschtor/tur/tuor; the first four are from Proto-Celtic (from Latinturris), the last two directly from Latinturris (from Ancient Greekτύρρις(túrrhis) and τύρσις(túrsis)). It is not clear whether the Celtic forms were borrowed from Old English or vice versa. Doublet of tower.
(geology) A craggy outcrop of rock on the summit of a hill, created by the erosion and weathering of rock.
1902, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Chapter 9:
The moon was low upon the right, and the jagged pinnacle of a granite tor stood up against the lower curve of its silver disc.
1855, Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho!, Tickor and Fields (1855), pages 104-105:
Bursdon and Welsford were then, as now, a rolling range of dreary moors, unbroken by tor or tree, or anything save few and far between a world-old furze-bank which marked the common rights of some distant cattle farm, and crossed then, not as now, by a decent road, but by a rough confused trackway, the remnant of an old Roman road from Clovelly dikes to Launceston.
(South-West England) A hill with such rock formation.
2008, Lydia Joyce, Shadows of the Night, Signet Eclipse (2008), →ISBN, page 242:
She had slipped the letters into her pocket next to the packet of antique documents and had taken an umbrella—as the sky was ominous out over the distant tors—and strolled around the manor house and down the road toward the village.
(Britain, dialect) A tower; a turret.
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tor (comparativemore tor, superlativemost tor)
Alternative form of tore ("hard, difficult; strong; rich").
ORT, OTR, ROT, RTO, TRO, ort, rot
From Dutchtor, from Middle Dutchtorre.
From Common Turkic*tor. Cognate with Old Turkic [script needed] (tor, “net”).
tor (definite accusativetoru, pluraltorlar)
From Middle Bretontorr, teur, from Old Bretontar, from Proto-Celtic*torr-V-(“belly”), of uncertain origin; according to Matasovic, of non-Indo-European origin, but according to MacBain, from Proto-Indo-European*terh₁-(“to turn, rub”), cognate with Proto-Germanic*þarmaz(“guts, intestines”), Ancient Greekτάμισος(támisos, “rennet”).
MacBain, Alexander; Mackay, Eneas (1911) , “tor”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Stirling, →ISBN, page tàrr
From Middle High Germantor, from Old High Germantor, from Proto-Germanic*durą(“large door; gate”). Cognate with GermanTor, Englishdoor.
“tor” in Patuzzi, Umberto, ed., (2013) Ünsarne Börtar [Our Words], Luserna, Italy: Comitato unitario delle linguistiche storiche germaniche in Italia / Einheitskomitee der historischen deutschen Sprachinseln in Italien
IPA(key): /toːr/, [tˢoːˀɐ̯]
present of to
From Middle Dutchtorre, of uncertain origin, possibly an imitative Middle Dutch base turren(“buzz”). Compare cognate West Frisiantuorre, toarre.
torf (pluraltorren, diminutivetorretjen)
beetle, insect of the order Coleoptera
van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor (2010) , “tor”, in Etymologiebank, Meertens Institute
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(literary, archaic or folksy)meal, repast(ceremonial meal held after weddings, funerals, or other special occasions)
From Latinthorax, from Ancient Greekθώραξ(thṓrax, “breastplate, chest”), created during the Hungarian language reform, which took place in the 18th–19th centuries.
(zoology)thorax(of an arthropod)
Coordinate terms:fej, potroh
(ceremonial meal): tor in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’An Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.
(thorax): tor in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’An Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.
Probably from Proto-Celtic (Cornishtor, Scottish Gaelictòrr), possibly borrowed from Old Englishtorr(“a high rock, tower”), though the reverse is more likely; all ultimately from Latinturris(“tower”) and of non-Indo-European origin.
More at Englishtor and tor. Also compare LatinTaurini.