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

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Those who have longer, coarser, and thicker hair on the torso usually wind up with a lot more navel fluff. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Excuse Me, What Even Is Belly Button Lint?," 1 Mar. 2019 When officers arrived at the scene, the 14-year-old had third-degree burns to his torso and one of his arms, according to WTKR. Khushbu Shah, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Allegedly Lit Another Teen on Fire During a Dispute Over Lighting a Grill," 21 Aug. 2018 County medical officials determined that Maas had two stab wounds to the upper torso. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Fatal stabbing might have been over prank with stolen ID," 3 July 2018 Manante was stabbed in her neck, face, arms and upper torso but the injuries did not appear to be life threatening, Santiago said. Tonya Alanez,, "Husband stabs woman in Babies "R" Us parking lot, police say," 24 Apr. 2018 Police responded to the 2600 block of Clarendon Avenue around 12:30 p.m. February 20 and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Anna Beahm,, "Man charged with attempted murder in February shooting in Bessemer," 6 Apr. 2018 The girl was taken to a hospital and transferred to two other hospitals before dying of extensive injuries to her upper torso, CBS North Carolina reports. Cliff Pinckard,, "Dog attacks, kills 8-day-old baby in Virginia, reports say," 8 Mar. 2018 Gasser, who pleaded not guilty, told detectives in three separate statements that McKnight made an aggressive movement, a lunge, with his head, hands and upper torso coming into the vehicle. Carlie Kollath Wells,, "Man killed in 7th Ward shooting, New Orleans police say," 26 Jan. 2018 The detailed rendering of his highly complex anatomical structure — less emphatically treated in the painted Sibyl’s exposed upper torso — makes Pollaiuolo’s engraving look like child’s play. Catesby Leigh, National Review, "A Genius in Draft Form," 20 Jan. 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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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 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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