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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Only 4 of the markers were actually being used consistently—those on the torso. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "For Flying Drones, Your Torso Might Be the Ultimate Joystick," 17 July 2018 The camera catches the same officer and another officer throwing Clemons on the floor, causing her shirt to fall low on her torso as Clemons attempts to cover her breasts with her arms. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "Chikesia Clemons: Video Shows White Cops Violently Restraining Black Woman at Alabama Waffle House," 23 Apr. 2018 Rochelle, 38, of Little Falls, N.J., had written on her torso the names of some of the many women who have accused Cosby of assault. Graham Bowley,, "Prosecutor says Cosby paid accuser nearly $3.4m," 10 Apr. 2018 My freshman year of college, an enterprising student with access to a color printer made imitation lost dog posters that showed a picture of their friend's face superimposed on a dog's torso, and posted them all over campus. Hannah Smothers, Cosmopolitan, "Is This Dog Cute or Is This Dog Terrifying?," 12 Mar. 2018 Police were called about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a report of a child who suffered burns on her upper torso, according to an Elyria police report. Kaylee Remington,, "Elyria man charged after child found with burns on body, report says," 1 Feb. 2018 After a telltale rash appeared on Breen's torso, his team of doctors connected strep to his extreme pain and distended stomach. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Strep Throat Leads to Quadruple Amputation for Dad of 3," 15 Mar. 2017 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

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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 scale






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The first known use of torso was in 1722

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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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