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.
My torch for her has finally gone out.
The torch of science.
Some hoodlums had torched a derelict automobile, which emitted a ghastly pall of thick, black smoke that filled the street.
- To have longstanding feelings of love that are not requited:.Still carrying the torch for a man she knew in her twenties.
- To destroy by fire; burn down.
- To be in love with (someone) for a period of time, esp. without having one's love returned.
- To give up to another person one's status of importance or influence.
Origin of torch
- Middle English torche from Old French from Vulgar Latin torca alteration of Latin torqua variant of torquēs torque from Latin torquēre to twist terkw- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French torche, ultimately from Latin torqueÅ (“twist").