tor·​so | \ˈtȯr-(ˌ)sō \
plural torsos or torsi\ ˈtȯr-​ˌsē \

Definition of torso 

1 : the human trunk

2 : a sculptured representation of the trunk of a human body

3 : something (such as a piece of writing) that is mutilated or left unfinished

Examples of torso in a Sentence

exercises that strengthen the torso

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The coroner's office ruled the cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma, including bruises and other marks on her head and torso, internal injuries and cuts inside the girl's mouth. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis mother sentenced in infant daughter's 2013 death," 20 June 2018 One of the suspects had been stabbed and was transported to a nearby hospital with lacerations to his head and torso. Ruth Bruno,, "Stabbing Near Blue Hills Avenue, 2 Men Arrested," 19 June 2018 The victim, whose name wasn’t released, suffered gunshot wounds to the head and torso, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Jessica Anderson,, "One man killed, second injured in overnight shootings, Baltimore police say," 9 June 2018 After lifesaving measures were attempted, Hammelton was pronounced dead at the scene with gunshot wounds to his head and torso, records said. Chris Mccrory, azcentral, "Flagstaff police officers won't be charged in fatal shooting of 78-year-old," 17 May 2018 One worker sustained injuries to his head and torso and was transported to an area hospital for further observation via EMS, fire officials said in a news release. Hanna Krueger,, "Roof collapses and injures contractor during renovation of Holy Cross area home," 4 May 2018 When Gutierrez tried to stop him from entering the house in the 800 block of Morgan Street, the two struggled and Sepeda fatally shot him in the head and torso, Kane County prosecutors charge. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Trial starts Monday for Elgin man charged with gunning down man on his doorstep, kidnapping woman and child," 4 May 2018 Medical examiners determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and torso. Carol Robinson,, "Father charged with capital murder in death of infant," 26 Apr. 2018 The images showed a head and torso caked in dirt — but with the crooked arm and expressionless gaze that matched how Reza Shah appeared in his open casket before the theocracy's wrecking crews tore down the mausoleum in April 1980. Shashank Bengali,, "The discovery of a decades-old corpse unearths a new threat to Iran's theocracy," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of torso

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for torso

Italian, literally, stalk, from Latin thyrsus stalk, thyrsus

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English Language Learners Definition of torso

: the main part of the human body not including the head, arms, and legs


tor·​so | \ˈtȯr-sō \

Kids Definition of torso

: the human body except for the head, arms, and legs


tor·​so | \ˈtȯr-(ˌ)sō \
plural torsos or torsi\ ˈtȯr-​ˌsē \

Medical Definition of torso 

: the human trunk

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