verb (used with object), torqued, torqu·ing.
verb (used without object), torqued, torqu·ing.
Origin of torque
Word Origin for torque
"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).