- 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.
- 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 of torchMiddle English ; from Old French torche ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form torca, twisted object, for Classical Latin torqua ; from torquere, to twist: see torsion
carry a torch for⌂
pass the torch
- 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.
- Longstanding unrequited romantic feelings for a person: My torch for her has finally gone out.
transitive verbtorched, torch·ing, torch·es Slang
Origin of torchMiddle 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.
- A stick with a flame on one end, used chiefly as a light source; a similarly shaped implement with a replaceable supply of flammable material.
- The mob of angry villagers carried torches and pitchforks to the vampire"²s castle.
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) A portable light source powered by electricity; a flashlight.
- Ernst slipped and dropped his torch on the flagstones, shattering the bulb and plunging us into darkness.
- (slang, US): An arsonist
(third-person singular simple present torches, present participle torching, simple past and past participle torched)
- To set fire to, especially by use of a torch (flaming stick).
- Some hoodlums had torched a derelict automobile, which emitted a ghastly pall of thick, black smoke that filled the street.
From Old French torche, ultimately from Latin torqueÅ (“twist").