- a ringlike band or formation about the neck, as of feathers, hair, or integument of distinctive color or appearance; a collar.
Origin of torques
- Mechanics. something that produces or tends to produce torsion or rotation; the moment of a force or system of forces tending to cause rotation.
- Machinery. the measured ability of a rotating element, as of a gear or shaft, to overcome turning resistance.
- Optics. the rotational effect on plane-polarized light passing through certain liquids or crystals.
- Also torc. a collar, necklace, or similar ornament consisting of a twisted narrow band, usually of precious metal, worn especially by the ancient Gauls and Britons.
- Machinery. to apply torque to (a nut, bolt, etc.).
- to cause to rotate or twist.
- to rotate or twist.
Origin of torque
Examples from the Web for torques
Slaying his enemy, he took from his neck a chain of gold (torques), which he afterwards wore upon his own.Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)
The women wore splendid bronze ornaments, such as finger-rings, bracelets, torques and brooches.Sweden
The torques are mostly penannular and have enlarged terminals; the armlets are often complete rings.Jewellery
H. Clifford Smith,
With their torques of gold, and wild eyes, and hair cut round ears and brow 87, they stare on the scene.Harold, Complete
This torques, chain, or rather wreath, is frequently alluded to by the early British bards.Old English Chronicles
- a distinctive band of hair, feathers, skin, or colour around the neck of an animal; a collar
- Also: torc a necklace or armband made of twisted metal, worn esp by the ancient Britons and Gauls
- any force or system of forces that causes or tends to cause rotation
- the ability of a shaft to cause rotation
Word Origin and History for torques
"rotating force," 1884, from Latin torquere "to twist" (see thwart). The verb is attested from 1954. The word also is used (since 1834) by antiquarians and others as a term for the twisted metal necklace worn anciently by Gauls, Britons, Germans, etc., from Latin torques in this sense. Earlier it had been called in English torques (1690s).
- A turning or twisting force.
- The tendency of a force applied to an object to make it rotate about an axis. For a force applied at a single point, the magnitude of the torque is equal to the magnitude of the force multiplied by the distance from its point of application to an axis of rotation. Torque is also a vector quantity, equal to the vector product of the vector pointing from the axis to the point of application of force and the vector of force; torque thus points upward from a counterclockwise rotation. See also angular momentum lever.