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  1. torsenoun

    A twist of cloth or wreath underneath and part of a crest. Always shown as six twists, the first tincture being the tincture of the field, the second the tincture of the metal, and so on.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Torsenoun

    a wreath

  2. Torsenoun

    a developable surface. See under Developable


  1. Torse

    In heraldry, a torse or wreath is a twisted roll of fabric laid about the top of the helm and the base of the crest, from which the mantling hangs. It was originally a protective pad worn under a knight's coif and helmet, covered by a pair of ribbons, of the principal tinctures of the shield, twisted together and extended far enough down the back to be seen beneath the helmet from the rear. The torse is sometimes mistakenly said to be the token, such as a handkerchief or sleeve, which the crusader’s lady-love gave him when he left for the wars, and which he twisted round the top of his helmet, masking the join where the crest was fixed to it. This is due greatly to its original use being lost in history as the heraldic crest became more and more stylized rather than representative of actual use. The torse is blazoned as part of the crest. For example, the crest of the Coat of Arms of Canada is blazoned On a wreath of the colours Argent and Gules, a lion passant guardant Or. Like the mantling, it must be of a metal and a colour; usually the torse and the mantling are the same tinctures. In British heraldry, the torse is always of six twists of material with the metal being the first tincture displayed on the dexter side, then alternating with a colour or stain.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Torse

    tors, n. a heraldic wreath.—ns. Torsade′, an ornament like a twisted cord; Tor′sel, a twisted scroll: a plate in a brick wall to support the end of a beam.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. torse

    A coarse kind of hemp, better known as cordilla in commerce.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. torse

    In heraldry, a wreath.

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  1. store

  2. resto

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of torse in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of torse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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