- a light to be carried in the hand, consisting of some combustible substance, as resinous wood, or of twisted flax or the like soaked with tallow or other flammable substance, ignited at the upper end.
- something considered as a source of illumination, enlightenment, guidance, etc.: the torch of learning.
- any of various lamplike devices that produce a hot flame and are used for soldering, burning off paint, etc.
- Slang. an arsonist.
- Chiefly British. flashlight(def 1).
- to burn or flare up like a torch.
- 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.
- 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 torch1
- to point (the joints between roofing slates) with a mixture of lime and hair.
Origin of torch2
Related Words for torchedignite, torch, cremate, consume, scorch, incinerate, light, melt, char, heat, blaze, smolder, scald, burn, parch, combust, flame, brown, toast, sear
Examples from the Web for torched
Contemporary Examples of torched
Brittany Ferrell held a sign in the parking lot of the torched QuikTrip gas station.An Uneasy Peace Falls on Ferguson after Local Cops Called Off
August 15, 2014
Brittany Ferrell held a sign in the parking lot of the torched QuickTime gas station.Ferguson on Edge Again as Night Falls
August 15, 2014
A witness told The Daily Beast that a bank also had been torched.Militants ‘Executed Non-Muslims’ at Kenyan World Cup Watch Party
June 16, 2014
In one corner, a pile of Apple iPads and Google glasses are torched in a bonfire.Pope Francis Declares Consumers and Capitalists Need to Help the Poor
November 26, 2013
Who torched the good people of death row is mystery number one from “Infected.”The Walking Dead ‘Infected’ Recap: There Will Be Exploding Faces
October 21, 2013
Historical Examples of torched
Torched on by that fly-by-night who'll be getting out of town and who'll be forgotten inside a week.When Egypt Went Broke
He told me this morning that he was going back to the drive in spite of me—he said it was because you had torched him on to do so.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
- a small portable electric lamp powered by one or more dry batteriesUS and Canadian word: flashlight
- a wooden or tow shaft dipped in wax or tallow and set alight
- anything regarded as a source of enlightenment, guidance, etcthe torch of evangelism
- any apparatus that burns with a hot flame for welding, brazing, or soldering
- carry a torch for to be in love with, esp unrequitedly
- put to the torch to set fire to; burn downthe looted monastery was put to the torch
- (tr) slang to set fire to, esp deliberately as an act of arson
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.