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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Spence was found 188 Westland St. with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. Ruth Bruno,, "Hartford Police Arrest Suspects In March, June Homicides," 11 July 2018 Your doctor will do a physical exam that may involve the use of a device called a scoliometer, which measure’s the symmetry of your torso. Korin Miller, SELF, "Princess Eugenie Shares an X-Ray From Her Childhood Scoliosis Surgery on Instagram," 3 July 2018 Police said the 24-year-old male sustained a gunshot wound to his lower torso. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Violent weekend in Gary leaves 1 dead, 16 wounded," 25 June 2018 Hayes died at the scene from one gunshot above his forehead on the right side of his head, one near the bottom of his left rib cage and one to his torso, according to an autopsy. Maxine Bernstein,, "Family of Quanice Hayes, fatally shot by Portland police, sues city, officers," 5 June 2018 Heavy hitter Orpik was attempting to deliver a check to Neal and Neal did a reverse hit and slammed into his torso. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Brooks Orpik: 'Just got the wind knocked out of me' on hit by James Neal," 3 June 2018 The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, police said. Adam Ferrise,, "Man found shot to death at RTA bus stop in Cleveland," 10 May 2018 The man had a gunshot wound to his torso, Rodriguez said, and went in and out of consciousness. Steve Burns, ajc, "Man found shot in car was wearing a mask, police say," 4 May 2018 The team thinks the upper part of the man’s torso became separated from the lower half sometime from 1748 and 1815 when Naples was under the control of the Bourbon dynasty. New York Times, "He Died at Pompeii, but His Head Wasn’t Crushed by a Block," 29 June 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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