Try Our Apps


The saddest words


[tawrk] /tɔrk/
torque (def 4). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for torc
Historical Examples
  • In some of the Irish examples the body of the torc is plain, or was grooved to simulate the appearance of the twisted torc.

  • That was the torc cascade, and, after tea, we set out to walk to it.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • A torc of this type was also found by Schliemann in the royal treasury in the second city of Troy.

  • In later times the torc was the distinguishing ornament of the Celt, and there are many allusions to torcs in classical writers.

  • The scene which this point commands is unrivalled—indeed, torc lake (torc, a wild boar) need fear no comparison.

    Killarney Mary Gorges
  • Denoting the agent: thomhaiseadh le Diarmid an torc, the boar was measured by Diarmid.

    Elements of Gaelic Grammar Alexander Stewart
  • Gale describes a torc found near Old Verulam in 1748, as "a wreathed or vermicular ornament, being a solid chain of gold."

  • Another type, later in date than the torc, is the gold ring-shaped collar.

    The Glories of Ireland Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
British Dictionary definitions for torc


another spelling of torque (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for torc

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for torc

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for torc