- plural of torus.
[tawr-uh s, tohr-]
- Architecture. a large convex molding, more or less semicircular in profile, commonly forming the lowest molding of the base of a column, directly above the plinth, sometimes occurring as one of a pair separated by a scotia and fillets. and column.
- a doughnut-shaped surface generated by the revolution of a conic, especially a circle, about an exterior line lying in its plane.
- the solid enclosed by such a surface.
- the receptacle of a flower.
- a thickening of the wall membrane in the bordered pits occurring in the tracheid cells of the wood of many conifers.
- Anatomy. a rounded ridge; a protuberant part.
Origin of torus
1555–65; < Latin: literally, strand, thong, raised ridge
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"I do think that these be lying tidings," said Tori the priest of Ludford.Star of Mercia
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- the plural of torus
- Also called: tore a large convex moulding approximately semicircular in cross section, esp one used on the base of a classical column
- geometry a ring-shaped surface generated by rotating a circle about a coplanar line that does not intersect the circle. Area: 4π² Rr; volume: 2π² Rr ², where r is the radius of the circle and R is the distance from the line to the centre of the circle
- botany another name for receptacle (def. 2)
- anatomy a ridge, fold, or similar linear elevation
- astronomy a dense ring of gas and dust which surrounds a dying star, containing most of the star's ejected gas
C16: from Latin: a swelling, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for tori
fem. proper name, short for Victoria.
1560s, from Latin torus "a swelling, bulge, knot; cushion, couch."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A bulging or rounded projection or swelling, such as is caused by a bone or muscle.
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- A surface generated by rotating a circle about an axis that is in the same plane as the circle but does not intersect it. A torus resembles a donut and is a subtype of toroid.
- The torus-shaped apparatus that contains plasma in nuclear fusion reactors.
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