verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- torch lily,
- torch singer,
- torch song,
- torch syndrome,
Origin of torch1
verb (used with object)
Origin of torch2
Examples from the Web for torch
Thankfully, my father took up the torch and left no doubt that we were looked after.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories|Harry Siegel|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It feels like someone is chopping up my legs with a machete or burning them with a torch from the inside out.New Jersey Patients in Pain Over Scarcity of Medical Marijuana|Abby Haglage|February 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After an image-invigorating tenure as U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Clinton will pass the torch to Sen. John Kerry on Friday.Week in Review: Cheat Sheet to the Week’s Big News (VIDEO)|Kevin Fallon|February 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
China carried the torch: Under Mao Tse-tung, “the Chinese people were doing well.”
Clarence House today released a video of Prince Harry speaking about the start of the Paralympics torch relay.Yay! Harry Keeps Clothes On In New Paralympics Video Message!!|Tom Sykes|August 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I have seen the flames increase when agitated by waving the torch; and when no one shook it, I have seen them die away.
And with his torch he burned stripes down the arms and legs of the shrinking Chulavete.Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)|Carl Lumholtz
Just at this moment Harriet struck the bear's hip with the torch.The Meadow-Brook Girls Under Canvas|Janet Aldridge
Beside Sophia, a hulking figure carried a torch to light their way.The Saracen: The Holy War|Robert Shea
In the meantime, Stayford took a torch and went in to arouse the boys.The Cave by the Beech Fork|Henry S. Spalding
Word Origin for torch
late 13c., from Old French torche, originally "twisted thing," hence "torch formed of twisted tow dipped in wax," probably from Vulgar Latin *torca, alteration of Late Latin torqua, variant of classical Latin torques "collar of twisted metal," from torquere "to twist" (see thwart). In Britain, also applied to the battery-driven version (in U.S., flashlight). Torch song is 1927 ("My Melancholy Baby," performed by Tommy Lyman, is said to have been the first so called), from carry a torch "suffer an unrequited love" (also 1927), an obscure notion from Broadway slang.
"set fire to," 1931, from torch (n.). Related: Torched; torching.
see carry a torch; pass the torch.