- The definition of a torch is a light made of a long piece of wood with a flammable end, or a tool used to make heat, or a flashlight in the UK.
- An example of a torch is a Tiki torch used to light up outdoor parties.
- An example of a torch is a welding torch, used to fuse metals together.
- An example of a torch is a flashlight in London.
torch definition by Webster's New World
- a portable light consisting of a long piece of resinous wood, or twisted tow dipped in tallow, etc., flaming at one end; link; flambeau
- anything considered as a source of enlightenment, illumination, inspiration, etc.: the torch of science
- any of various portable devices for producing a very hot flame, used in welding, burning off paint, etc.
- Brit. a flashlight
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French torche ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form torca, twisted object, for Classical Latin torqua ; from torquere, to twist: see torsion
torch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A portable light produced by the flame of a stick of resinous wood or of a flammable material wound about the end of a stick of wood; a flambeau.b. Chiefly British A flashlight.
- Something that serves to illuminate, enlighten, or guide.
- Slang An arsonist.
- A portable apparatus that produces a very hot flame by the combustion of gases, used in welding and construction.
Origin: Middle English torche, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *torca, alteration of Latin torqua, variant of torquēs, torque, from Latin torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
torch - Phrases/Idioms
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