[ tawr-kweez ]
/ ˈtɔr kwiz /

noun Zoology.

a ringlike band or formation about the neck, as of feathers, hair, or integument of distinctive color or appearance; a collar.

Origin of torques

1560–70; < Latin torquēs twisted necklace or collar, equivalent to torqu(ēre) to twist (akin to Greek trépein to turn) + -ēs feminine deverbative noun suffix

Definition for torques (2 of 2)


[ tawrk ]
/ tɔrk /


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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for torques (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtɔːkwiːz) /


a distinctive band of hair, feathers, skin, or colour around the neck of an animal; a collar

Derived Forms

torquate (ˈtɔːkwɪt, -kweɪt), adjective

Word Origin for torques

C17: from Latin: necklace, from torquēre to twist

British Dictionary definitions for torques (2 of 2)


/ (tɔːk) /


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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Medicine definitions for torques


[ tôrk ]


A turning or twisting force.

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Science definitions for torques


[ 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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