tor·men·tor also tor·ment·er (tôr-mĕntər, tôrmĕn′-)
1. One that torments.
2. A hanging at each side of a stage directly behind the proscenium that serves to block the wing area and sidelights from the audience.
3. A sound-absorbent screen used on a movie set, used to prevent echo.
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