tor, tore, torr

The words tor, tore, torr sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do tor, tore, torr sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: tor, tore, torr are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    A high rock or pile of rocks on the top of a hill.

  2. :: noun

    A rocky peak or hill.

  1. :: verb

    Past tense of tear1.

  2. :: noun

    See torus.

  1. :: noun

    a unit of pressure equal to 0.001316 atmosphere; named after Torricelli

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved. and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").