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

Definition of torso

1 : the human body apart from the head, neck, arms, and legs : 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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Lay down on the roller with the roller touching the front of your thighs and hold up your torso with your forearms on the floor. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why This Holiday Break Is a Perfect Time to Start Foam-Rolling," 28 Dec. 2018 Down in the basement, Stephanie told her kids, Dominic, then 8, and Reese, then 5, to lie down, then quickly wrapped them in a blanket and covered their heads with her torso. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 The frock features sheer, billowy sleeves, a darker panel on the torso, and a high slit on the calf-length skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Arrives To Her First Solo Event in Givenchy," 25 Sep. 2018 Her body had stab wounds on the torso, arms and legs, according to the medical examiner. Adam Ferrise,, "Missing Cleveland Heights mother found dead in garbage can died from gunshot to head, stab wounds," 26 Mar. 2018 Members of the court were shown a drawing of the multiple stabs to Wall's torso. Jan M. Olsen,, "Murder trial begins for Danish inventor accused of killing journalist on submarine," 8 Mar. 2018 On injuries sustained on the torso, wound packing is performed by winding gauze around a finger and jamming it into the wound. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress Creek EMS improves hope for patient survival with new blood program," 9 Feb. 2018 Shingles mostly appears on the torso, face, and neck, but it has been known to pop up on an arm or leg., "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 Mahomes has taken that trend and blasted it to smithereens with the bazooka attached to the right side of his torso. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Patrick Mahomes Is Conquering the NFL," 16 Sep. 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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torsion pendulum

torsion scale






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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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