a light usually carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance
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
a small portable battery-powered electric lamp
blowtorch, torch, blowlamp(verb)
a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame
burn maliciously, as by arson
"The madman torched the barns"
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.
A portable source of electric light.
Ernst slipped and dropped his torch on the flagstones, shattering the bulb and plunging us into darkness.
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.
Origin: From torche, ultimately from torqueo.
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
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
torch, n. a light formed of twisted tow dipped in pitch or other inflammable material: a large candle or flambeau.—ns. Torch′-bear′er; Torch′-dance; Torch′er (Shak.), one who gives light with, or as with, a torch; Torch′ing, a way of catching fish at night with torch-light-and spear; Torch′-light; Torch′-race.—n.pl. Torch′-staves (Shak.), staves for carrying torches. [Fr. torche—L. tortum, pa.p. of torquēre, to twist.]
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Torch' in Nouns Frequency: #2741
The numerical value of Torch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of Torch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of Torch in a Sentence
We aim to distract the soldiers from shooting and wounding or killing our people. Israeli soldiers will be worried those fire-kites may fall on their heads or torch bushes around them, these kites also torch bushes and trees and not only cause them losses, but keep them busy trying to put out fires.
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.
You can't give birth safely if the midwife is holding a torch between her teeth.
I think the torch relay is something that's really important for Japan but this time cancellation was unavoidable, the most important thing is everyone's safety.
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.
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Translations for Torch
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- torxa, llanternaCatalan, Valencian
- baterka, pochodeňCzech
- tors, fflachlampWelsh
- Taschenlampe, Fackel, anzündenGerman
- φακός, πυρπολώ, δαυλός, πυρσόςGreek
- linterna, antorcha, lámparaSpanish
- soihtu, polttaa, sytyttää tuleen, taskulamppuFinnish
- torche, incendier, lampe de pocheFrench
- टार्च, मशालHindi
- felgyújt, fáklya, zseblámpa, elemlámpaHungarian
- ջահ, լապտերArmenian
- fiaccola, torcia, incendiareItalian
- 懐中電燈, 松明, トーチJapanese
- ჩირაღდანი, ელექტრო ფარანიGeorgian
- 횃불, 등불Korean
- fax, taeda, lanternaLatin
- FakelLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ngāpara, tōroherohe, kāparaMāori
- гар чийдэн, бамбарMongolian
- obor, lampu picit, jamungMalay
- fakkel, lommelyktNorwegian
- toorts, fakkel, zaklampDutch
- fakkelNorwegian Nynorsk
- pochodnia, latarkaPolish
- tocha, lanternaPortuguese
- torță, lanternă, făclie, fachieRomanian
- фонарь, факел, фонарикRussian
- буктиња, bȁklja, ба̏кља, buktinjaSerbo-Croatian
- fackla, sätta eld på, bloss, ficklampa, tända eld påSwedish
- kurunzi, tochiSwahili
- meşale, el feneriTurkish
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