torque

noun (1)
\ˈtȯrk \

Definition of torque 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a force that produces or tends to produce rotation or torsion an automobile engine delivers torque to the drive shaft also : a measure of the effectiveness of such a force that consists of the product of the force and the perpendicular distance from the line of action of the force to the axis of rotation

2 : a turning or twisting force

torque

verb
torqued; torquing

Definition of torque (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to impart torque to : cause to twist (as about an axis)

torque

noun (2)
variants: or torc

Definition of torque (Entry 3 of 3)

: a usually metal collar or neck chain worn by the ancient Gauls, Germans, and Britons

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Verb

torquer noun

First Known Use of torque

Noun (1)

circa 1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1959, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1695, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for torque

Noun (1)

Latin torquēre to twist

Noun (2)

French, from Latin torques, from torquēre to twist — more at torture entry 1

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torque

noun
\ˈtȯrk \

Medical Definition of torque 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a force that produces or tends to produce rotation or torsion also : a measure of the effectiveness of such a force that consists of the product of the force and the perpendicular distance from the line of action of the force to the axis of rotation

torqued; torquing

Medical Definition of torque (Entry 2 of 2)

: to impart torque to : cause to twist (as a tooth about its long axis)

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