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torch

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[ tawrch ]
/ tɔrtʃ /
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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.
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Idioms about torch

    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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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English noun torch(e), from Old French torche, torque, from Vulgar Latin torca (unattested) “something twisted”; see origin at torque

OTHER WORDS FROM torch

torch·a·ble, adjectivetorchless, adjectivetorchlike, adjective

Other definitions for torch (2 of 2)

torch2
[ tawrch ]
/ tɔrtʃ /

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

Origin of torch

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First recorded in 1850–60; from French torcher “to plaster with a mixture of clay and chopped straw,” derivative of torche “a twist of straw”; see also 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 of torch

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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Other Idioms and Phrases with torch

torch

see carry a torch; pass the torch.

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