- a wreath of twisted silks of two alternating tinctures, usually a metal and a color, depicted supporting a crest or coronet, often upon a helmet.
Origin of torse
1565–75; < Middle French: wreath, noun use of feminine of tors twisted < Late Latin torsus (past participle), for Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre to twist
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Examples from the Web for torse
"Torse I will;" and he was proudly carried off by his faithful bearer.Little Men
Louisa May Alcott
Crest: a soldan's head sable, the brow encircled by a torse or.
The peculiarity in this case consisted of a torse of three tinctures.
On a helmet and torse, issuing out of a cloud argent, a sinister arm proper, holding a salt as the former.Old and New London
The crest, a sinister arm in armour, grasping a broken lance, on a torse of the colours.