What does torch mean?

Definitions for torch
tɔrtʃtorch

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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: From torche, ultimately from torqueo.

  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.

    Etymology: From torche, ultimately from torqueo.

  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.

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Torch

    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

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of torch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of torch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of torch in a Sentence

  1. Carlos Viana:

    I want to carry the Olympic torch to show that it's possible to overcome adversity.

  2. San Francisco publicist Lee Houskeeper:

    When the beatniks were handing the torch to the hippies, a girl named Carol Doda changed the world from a pole at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Broadway.

  3. John Douglas:

    There was no remorse when I interviewed him, his only disappointment was that he didn’t kill more people. He felt accomplished in life by killing people… He felt it was important to carry the torch, to carry out this act of hatred… Deep down, he hoped to create a race war for others to carry the torch for him. He admired Charles Manson, whom I interviewed because he felt it was remarkable that Manson could get other people to carry out his dirty work to launch a race war.

  4. Fla President Barack Obama:

    We watched a hero light a torch, and fight his greatest fight of all on the world stage once again; a battle against the disease that ravaged his body, but couldn’t take the spark from his eyes.

  5. Rio Games chief Carlos Nuzman:

    (The torch lighting) brings a message that can and will unite our dear Brazil.

Images & Illustrations of torch

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