torque

[ tawrk ]
/ tɔrk /

noun

verb (used with object), torqued, torqu·ing.

Machinery. to apply torque to (a nut, bolt, etc.).
to cause to rotate or twist.

verb (used without object), torqued, torqu·ing.

to rotate or twist.

Origin of torque

1825–35; < Latin torquēre to twist; (def 4) < French torque < Latin torques torques (torc perhaps < Irish ≪ L)
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British Dictionary definitions for torque

torque

/ (tɔːk) /

noun

Also: torc a necklace or armband made of twisted metal, worn esp by the ancient Britons and Gauls
any force or system of forces that causes or tends to cause rotation
the ability of a shaft to cause rotation

Word Origin for torque

C19: from Latin torquēs necklace, and torquēre to twist
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Word Origin and History for torque

torque


n.

"rotating force," 1884, from Latin torquere "to twist" (see thwart). The verb is attested from 1954. The word also is used (since 1834) by antiquarians and others as a term for the twisted metal necklace worn anciently by Gauls, Britons, Germans, etc., from Latin torques in this sense. Earlier it had been called in English torques (1690s).

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Medicine definitions for torque

torque

[ tôrk ]

n.

A turning or twisting force.
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Science definitions for torque

torque

[ tôrk ]

The tendency of a force applied to an object to make it rotate about an axis. For a force applied at a single point, the magnitude of the torque is equal to the magnitude of the force multiplied by the distance from its point of application to an axis of rotation. Torque is also a vector quantity, equal to the vector product of the vector pointing from the axis to the point of application of force and the vector of force; torque thus points upward from a counterclockwise rotation. See also angular momentum lever.
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