blow·​torch ˈblō-ˌtȯrch How to pronounce blowtorch (audio)
: 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 Working with one cake at a time, hold a kitchen blowtorch about 3 inches from each cake, and move torch back and forth as needed to brûlée meringue until toasted on all sides, about 30 seconds per cake. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2023 On an island of magnificent beauty, where a wildfire as fierce as a blowtorch has left hundreds dead or missing in a redoubt of 19th-century Hawaiian kings, many local residents are crying with friends one moment, working to please vacationers the next. Damien Cave Michelle Mishina Kunz, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2023 Police say Zanders used a blowtorch to take money from a Burger King, a United Dairy Farmers, three different McDonalds, two Chipotles, a Buffalo Wild Wings and a Panda Express. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 10 Aug. 2023 The hard frame, detailed with a knife heated with a blowtorch, was painted with realistic gold coloring − edible gold dust mixed with vodka. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 30 June 2023 Legalization has also helped open the door to products that are extracted from marijuana but look nothing like it: oily, waxy, or crystalline THC concentrates that are heated and inhaled through vaping or dabbing, which can involve a bong-like device and a blowtorch. David Hilzenrath, Anchorage Daily News, 13 May 2023 Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove or other open flame device. Leada Gore |, al, 19 Dec. 2022 And that little welder guy Whose blowtorch light’s shiny! Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 25 Dec. 2019 Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove or open flame. Jennie Key, The Enquirer, 22 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blowtorch was in 1895

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“Blowtorch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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blow·​torch -ˌtȯrch How to pronounce blowtorch (audio)
: a small burner whose flame is made hotter by a blast of air or oxygen

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