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 Some of the butchers also slaughter dogs — many of them pets snatched from city streets — by clubbing them to death and burning off their fur with blowtorches. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "Where Bats Are Still on the Menu, if No Longer the Best Seller," 13 May 2020 Most pressure sensors and barometers tend to complain when placed into something akin to a blowtorch. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Microwave thruster makes for clean-burning jet," 5 May 2020 Claire used a blowtorch to smooth out the tops of her Reese’s peanut butter cups. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "11 Crafty Cooking Tools Claire Saffitz Has Rigged on Gourmet Makes," 19 Mar. 2020 Auburn took a blowtorch to the SEC Tournament in 2019, making 53 three-pointers over four games. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Defending champs Auburn take aim at physical SEC Tournament," 10 Mar. 2020 Nikorina burned the surgeon’s hands with a blowtorch, threatening to kill him, authorities say. Brooke Baitinger,, "Kidnapper gets 11 years in prison for blowtorch torture plot," 5 Dec. 2019 The miners heat the small lump with a blowtorch, sending mercury vapors into the air and leaving the gold behind. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "The Hidden Cost of Gold: Birth Defects and Brain Damage," 9 Nov. 2019 The hiss of the blowtorch and the screech of nearby trains were its soundtrack. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "An artists’ community crops up around Dallas’ unofficial graffiti park, and the neighborhood wants to keep them both," 10 Jan. 2020 Gone is the need to hack couch cushions and use a blowtorch to make a Cheesehead hat, as Foamation founder Ralph Bruno did when creating his first in 1987. Mary Bergin,, "Watch Cheesehead hats get made in quirky factory tour in Milwaukee," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of blowtorch

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Blowtorch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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