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.

Nearby words

  1. torana,
  2. torbanite,
  3. torbay,
  4. torbernite,
  5. torc,
  6. torch lily,
  7. torch singer,
  8. torch song,
  9. torch syndrome,
  10. torchbearer

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

1
1250–1300; Middle English torche (noun) < Old French < Vulgar Latin *torca something twisted. See torque

Related formstorch·a·ble, adjectivetorch·less, adjectivetorch·like, adjective

torch

2
[ tawrch ]
/ tɔrtʃ /

verb (used with object)

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

Origin of torch

2
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 Formstorchlike, 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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Word Origin and History for torch
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Idioms and Phrases with torch

torch

see carry a torch; pass the torch.

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