torch

1
[ tawrch ]
/ tɔrtʃ /

noun

verb (used without object)

to burn or flare up like a torch.

verb (used with object)

to subject to the flame or light of a torch, as in order to burn, sear, solder, or illuminate.
Slang. to set fire to maliciously, especially in order to collect insurance.

Idioms

    carry the/a torch for, Slang. to be in love with, especially to suffer from unrequited love for: He still carries a torch for his ex-wife.

Origin of torch

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1250–1300; Middle English torche (noun) < Old French < Vulgar Latin *torca something twisted. See torque

Related forms

torch·a·ble, adjectivetorch·less, adjectivetorch·like, adjective

Definition for torch (2 of 2)

torch

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[ tawrch ]
/ tɔrtʃ /

verb (used with object)

to point (the joints between roofing slates) with a mixture of lime and hair.

Origin of torch

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1840–50; < French torcher to plaster with a mixture of clay and chopped straw, derivative of torche a twist of straw. See torch1
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British Dictionary definitions for torch

torch

/ (tɔːtʃ) /

noun

verb

(tr) slang to set fire to, esp deliberately as an act of arson

Derived Forms

torchlike, adjective

Word Origin for torch

C13: from Old French torche handful of twisted straw, from Vulgar Latin torca (unattested), from Latin torquēre to twist
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Idioms and Phrases with torch

torch


see carry a torch; pass the torch.

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