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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 tor·ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. tortured p. pr. & vb. n. tTorturing.]
 1. To put to torture; to pain extremely; to harass; to vex.
 2. To punish with torture; to put to the rack; as, to torture an accused person.
 3. To wrest from the proper meaning; to distort.
 4. To keep on the stretch, as a bow. [Obs.]
    The bow tortureth the string.   --Bacon.