The force that causes a wheel to rotate around an axle is an example of torque.
- a twisted metal collar or necklace worn by ancient Teutons, Gauls, Britons, etc.
- Physics a measure of the tendency of a force to cause rotation, equal to the force multiplied by the perpendicular distance between the line of action of the force and the center of rotation: abbrev. T
- popularly the force that acts to produce rotation, as in the drive shaft of an automotive vehicle
Origin of torquefrom Classical Latin torques (infl. in senses 2 and 3 by torquere): see torques
transitive verbtorqued, torqu′ing
- The measure of a force's tendency to produce torsion or rotation about an axis, equal to the product of the force vector and the radius vector from the axis of rotation to the point of application of the force; the moment of a force.
- A turning or twisting force.
transitive verbtorqued, torqu·ing, torques
Origin of torqueFrom Latin torquēre to twist ; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of torqueFrench from Old French from Latin torquēs from torquēre to twist ; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
c. 75 bc Celtic gold Great Torc of Snettisham
(third-person singular simple present torques, present participle torquing, simple past and past participle torqued)
From Latin torqueÅ.
From Latin torquis