blow·​torch | \ ˈblō-ˌtȯrch How to pronounce blowtorch (audio) \

Definition of blowtorch

: a small burner having a device to intensify combustion by means of a blast of air or oxygen, usually including a fuel tank pressurized by a hand pump, and used especially in plumbing

Examples of blowtorch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are plenty of awful memories, like an auto mechanic's blowtorch explosion that left him horribly burned. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, "Minnesota nurse looks back on a long career with humor," 27 Mar. 2021 As cars sped down Fifth Avenue, the consular official held a blowtorch, lit a flame, and drew circles of burgundy wax on the wood, then stamped it with the official seal of the French republic. Meg Bernhard, The New Yorker, "The Long Trip Home," 11 Apr. 2021 Haye was a felon with a criminal record that included a 2015 arrest for trying to break into a Houston building using a blowtorch to cut through a metal door, according to court records. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas strip club fire that left 1 dead and 2 jailed is part of larger statewide arson probe," 9 Apr. 2021 Zoë is a pastry chef, the host of a television series, a cookbook author and a woman who knows her way around a blowtorch. New York Times, "Is Baked Alaska the Secret to a Long Life?," 31 Mar. 2021 Security footage shows a masked man prying open Biondivino’s outer door with a crowbar, then taking a blowtorch to a window. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco may have a wine thief. And it looks like they're into fancy Italian bottles," 30 Mar. 2021 Even the crème brûlée comes with a portable blowtorch for caramelizing the turbinado sugar on top. Los Angeles Times, "2020 was the year of the restaurant DIY meal kit. Here are 10 options to ring in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 Using a blowtorch with a medium flame, toast the meringue until lightly browned all over. Washington Post, "A festive baked Alaska to end your night in a blaze of glory," 28 Dec. 2020 Now sweat trickles, the canteen is out of water, and the September sun beats down like a blowtorch. Bob Brister, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Elephants of Chirisa," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of blowtorch

1895, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2021

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“Blowtorch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blowtorch

US : a device that produces a very hot, narrow flame for doing work (such as melting metal to join pipes together)


blow·​torch | \ ˈblō-ˌtȯrch How to pronounce blowtorch (audio) \

Kids Definition of blowtorch

: a small portable burner in which the flame is made hotter by a blast of air or oxygen

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