Definitions for torchtɔrtʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a light, usu. carried in the hand, consisting of a stick of resinous wood, tallow-soaked flax, or some other flammable substance, ignited at the upper end.

  2. something considered as a source of illumination, enlightenment, or guidance:

    the torch of learning.

  3. any of various lamplike devices producing a hot flame, used for soldering, burning off paint, etc.

  4. Slang. an arsonist.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. Chiefly Brit.

    Category: British

    Ref: flashlight (def. 1). 1

  6. (v.t.)to subject to the flame or light of a torch.

  7. to set fire to, esp. maliciously.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

Idioms for torch:

  1. carry a or the torch for, to be in love with, esp. without being loved in return.

    Category: Idiom, Status (usage)

Origin of torch:

1250–1300; ME torche (n.) < OF < VL *torca a twist of straw, something twisted. See torque1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. torch(noun)

    a light usually carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance

  2. common mullein, great mullein, Aaron's rod, flannel mullein, woolly mullein, torch, Verbascum thapsus(noun)

    tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches

  3. flashlight, torch(noun)

    a small portable battery-powered electric lamp

  4. blowtorch, torch, blowlamp(verb)

    a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame

  5. torch(verb)

    burn maliciously, as by arson

    "The madman torched the barns"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. torch(noun)ɔrtʃ

    a stick that burns at one end

    by the light of a torch

  2. torchɔrtʃ

    a flashlight


  1. torch(Noun)

    A stick with a flame on one end used as a light source.

    The mob of angry villagers carried torches and pitchforks to the vampire's castle.

  2. torch(Noun)

    A portable source of electric light.

    Ernst slipped and dropped his torch on the flagstones, shattering the bulb and plunging us into darkness.

  3. torch(Verb)

    To set fire to, especially using a torch (1) above.

    Some hoodlums had torched a derelict automobile, which emitted a ghastly pall of thick, black smoke that filled the street.

  4. Origin: From torche, ultimately from torqueo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Torch(noun)

    a light or luminary formed of some combustible substance, as of resinous wood; a large candle or flambeau, or a lamp giving a large, flaring flame

  2. Torch(noun)

    a flashlight


  1. Torch

    A torch is a fire source, usually a rod-shaped piece of wood with a rag soaked in pitch and/or some other flammable material wrapped around one end. Torches were often supported in sconces by brackets high up on walls, to throw light over corridors in stone structures such as castles or crypts. This traditional use of the word lives on in the Olympic Torch, procession torches and the like. A torch carried in relay by cross-country runners is used to light the Olympic flame which burns without interruption until the end of the Games. These torches and relay tradition were introduced in 1936 Summer Olympics by Carl Diem, the chairman of the event because during the duration of the Ancient Olympic Games in Olympia, a sacred flame burns inside of the temple of Hera, kept in custody by her priestess. If a torch is made of sulfur mixed with lime, the fire will not diminish after being plunged into water. Such torches were used by the ancient Romans. Procession torches are made from coarse hessian rolled into a tube and soaked in wax. There is usually a wooden handle and a cardboard collar to deflect any wax droplets. They are an easy, safe and relatively cheap way to hold a flame aloft in a parade, or to provide illumination in any after-dark celebration.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'torch' in Nouns Frequency: #2741

Translations for torch

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(Americanˈflashlight ) a small portable light worked by an electric battery

He shone his torch into her face.

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