noun, often attributive \ˈtrch\

: a long stick with material at one end that burns brightly

Full Definition of TORCH

:  a burning stick of resinous wood or twist of tow used to give light and usually carried in the hand :  flambeau
:  something (as tradition, wisdom, or knowledge) likened to a torch as giving light or guidance <pass the torch to the next generation>
:  any of various portable devices for emitting an unusually hot flame — compare blowtorch
chiefly British :  flashlight 2
:  incendiary 1a

Examples of TORCH

  1. <in an insurance scam, the slumlord hired a torch to burn the tenement down>

Origin of TORCH

Middle English torche, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *torca, alteration of Latin torqua something twisted, collar of twisted metal, alteration of torques; akin to Latin torquēre to twist — more at torture
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with TORCH


transitive verb

: to set fire to (something, such as a building) deliberately : to cause (something) to burn

Full Definition of TORCH

:  to set fire to with or as if with a torch

Examples of TORCH

  1. An arsonist torched the building.
  2. <police suspect that the owner torched the house for the insurance money>

First Known Use of TORCH

TORCH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈtrch\

Definition of TORCH for Kids

:  a flaming light that is made of something which burns brightly and that is usually carried in the hand
:  something that gives light or guidance <She passed the torch of family traditions to her children.>
:  a portable device for producing a hot flame <a welder's torch>
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