torches blazed at intervals, casting a flickering glow on the excited faces of the crowd.
Karl was loaded with the guns, torches, and the great spear of the shikarree.
The trees got in their way, and occasionally the torches disappeared under the foliage.
Heaven does with us, as we with torches do— Not light them for themselves.
When the decision was known there was great rejoicing and blowing of trumpets, and the lists were illuminated with torches.
A carriage, with outriders armed with torches, came to the foot of the steps.
All at once a loud noise was heard, and the bottom of the barranca was illumined by a number of torches.
It is hunted at night by the light of torches and with the assistance of dogs.
The fountain was lit up by torches, and many lamps also were lighted in the garden.
torches flamed, and many men came towards the place of conflict.
late 13c., from Old French torche, originally "twisted thing," hence "torch formed of twisted tow dipped in wax," probably from Vulgar Latin *torca, alteration of Late Latin torqua, variant of classical Latin torques "collar of twisted metal," from torquere "to twist" (see thwart). In Britain, also applied to the battery-driven version (in U.S., flashlight). Torch song is 1927 ("My Melancholy Baby," performed by Tommy Lyman, is said to have been the first so called), from carry a torch "suffer an unrequited love" (also 1927), an obscure notion from Broadway slang.
"set fire to," 1931, from torch (n.). Related: Torched; torching.
On the night of his betrayal, when our Lord was in the garden of Gethsemane, Judas, "having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons" (John 18:1-3). Although it was the time of full moon, yet in the valley of the Kidron "there fell great, deep shadows from the declivity of the mountain and projecting rocks; there were there caverns and grottos, into which a fugitive might retreat; finally, there were probably a garden-house and tower, into whose gloom it might be necessary for a searcher to throw light around." Lange's Commentary. (Nahum 2:3, "torches," Revised Version, "steel," probably should be "scythes" for war-chariots.)