tor·​so | \ ˈtȯr-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce torso (audio) \
plural torsos or torsi\ ˈtȯr-​ˌsē How to pronounce torsi (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Following Allgaier's possible near-miss, Brennan Poole also swerved left on pit lane, trying to miss the pile up and pinned Price's legs and lower torso against the right rear of Blaney's car. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Ryan Blaney's pit crew member struck during early pit lane pileup in NASCAR's Brickyard 400," 6 July 2020 Take it from those who can no longer tell you themselves: a rhino horn through your torso ain’t fun. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Stopping Rifle’," 3 July 2020 An American flag, secured to his torso with a chain, flows behind him. Washington Post, "A powerful mural was created as part of D.C.’s push for statehood. It also shows the diversity of the Black Lives Matter movement.," 27 June 2020 The three staff members charged had restrained Fredericks across his torso, causing his death, Getting said. Anna Sturla And Taylor Romine, CNN, "Three staff members charged in death of 16-year-old who went into cardiac arrest after being restrained at facility," 25 June 2020 The most recent reported shooting on Friday afternoon left a 27-year-old man dead from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, face, and leg. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Shootings surge in New York City after plainclothes police unit disbands in effort to reform NYPD," 20 June 2020 They are supposed to be fired at the legs or lower torso, and police are trained to avoid the head, neck and groin. USA Today, "'Less lethal' can still maim and kill: A visual guide to weapons police use on protesters," 20 June 2020 Williams suffered multiple wounds to his torso and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition, according to police. Nick Givas, Fox News, "New Mexico man charged after protest gunfire, as investigators say crowd 'appeared to maliciously pursue' him," 17 June 2020 Scott Williams was shot multiple times in the torso and remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, according to police and a criminal complaint. NBC News, "Man arrested after protester is shot during demonstration over conquistador statue in New Mexico," 16 June 2020

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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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The first known use of torso was in 1722

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11 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Torso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce torso (audio) \

Kids Definition of torso

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


tor·​so | \ ˈtȯr-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce torso (audio) \
plural torsos or torsi\ ˈtȯr-​ˌsē How to pronounce torsi (audio) \

Medical Definition of torso

: the human trunk

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