- 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").