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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Law enforcement authorities discovered that the boy had 26 injuries to his back, torso and under his arms, the petition said. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Court filings detail lives of boy 3, and slain girl, 5, at Redford motel," 10 July 2019 In the recording, the girl's bare torso is exposed and her head is repeatedly banged against a wall, court documents say. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A judge who was lenient on a teen accused of rape because he came from a 'good family' is getting threats," 9 July 2019 The Evening Standard’s Robert Dex further identifies the stone torso as belonging to a statue of a Buddhist holy man. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Hundreds of Artifacts Looted From Iraq and Afghanistan to Be Repatriated," 9 July 2019 The department posted an image from a body camera recording that shows the boy's legs and torso. Sara Coello, Dallas News, "11-year-old reported missing from Allen 'is not in any danger,' police say," 7 July 2019 Umbro opted to place an unnecessarily large superimposed image of the Brazilian crest onto the torso, making this shirt iconic for all the wrong reasons., "50 Worst Football Shirts of All Time," 3 July 2019 The Medical Examiner’s Office said Witzeman’s death was accidental and caused by blunt force torso trauma, with no contributing factors. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arizona man died of chest injuries in Mission Beach scooter crash, authorities say," 26 June 2019 Expanding the torso for more spaciousness and flexibility when moving and with room for an extra layer, Arc’teryx also added a softer flannel backer material on the inside for increased comfort. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Everything That Goes Into Making an Arc'teryx Jacket," 24 May 2019 There are many, many symbols, images, and words permanently carved into his arms, hands, chest, and back—but its Adam's torso ink that fans are buzzing about the most. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Men Across the Country Are Trolling Adam Levine and His Infamous Tattoos," 10 Feb. 2019

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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 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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