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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 tor·ture /ˈtɔrʧɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tor·ture n.
 1. Extreme pain; anguish of body or mind; pang; agony; torment; as, torture of mind.
    Ghastly spasm or racking torture.   --Milton.
 2. Especially, severe pain inflicted judicially, either as punishment for a crime, or for the purpose of extorting a confession from an accused person, as by water or fire, by the boot or thumbkin, or by the rack or wheel.
 3. The act or process of torturing.
    Torture, which had always been deciared illegal, and which had recently been declared illegal even by the servile judges of that age, was inflicted for the last time in England in the month of May, 1640.   --Macaulay.

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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: extreme mental distress [syn: anguish, torment]
      2: unbearable physical pain [syn: torment]
      3: intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical
         pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned"
         [syn: agony, torment]
      4: the act of distorting something so it seems to mean
         something it was not intended to mean [syn: distortion,
         overrefinement, straining, twisting]
      5: the act of torturing someone; "it required unnatural
         torturing to extract a confession" [syn: torturing]
      v 1: torment emotionally or mentally [syn: torment, excruciate,
      2: subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell,
         according to the Bible" [syn: excruciate, torment]