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torch

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noun \ˈtȯrch\

Simple Definition of torch

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

Full Definition of torch

  1. 1 :  a burning stick of resinous wood or twist of tow used to give light and usually carried in the hand :  flambeau

  2. 2 :  something (as tradition, wisdom, or knowledge) likened to a torch as giving light or guidance <pass the torch to the next generation>

  3. 3 :  any of various portable devices for emitting an unusually hot flame — compare blowtorch

  4. 4 chiefly British :  flashlight 2

  5. 5 :  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


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torch

transitive verb

Simple Definition of torch

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

Full Definition of torch

  1. :  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>



1901

First Known Use of torch

1901




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