Water torch

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Water torch (Bot) The common cat-tail (Typha latifolia), the spike of which makes a good torch soaked in oil.
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Usage

In literature:

Having wrung the water from our trousers, and dried ourselves as well as we could under the circumstances, we proceeded to ignite the torch.
"The Coral Island a Tale of the Pacific Ocean" by R. M. Ballantyne
Boats were putting off, torches were lighting up, people were rushing tumultuously to the water's edge.
"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens
O perpetual discoverer of the antipodes, torch of the world, eye of heaven, sweet stimulator of the water-coolers!
"The History of Don Quixote, Volume II., Complete" by Miguel de Cervantes
With what sinking of heart, as the waters raged round and over them, they watched the flame of their torch burning lower and lower.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
You are content to believe the official statement that 305 feet separate the tip of the lady's torch from low water.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
In his right hand the torch hung almost touching the water.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Silence and darkness reign around, the smooth sluggish water alone reflecting the glare of the torches.
"The Mines and its Wonders" by W.H.G. Kingston
Into one we sank a lighted torch, and it was extinguished as quickly as if we had dropped it into water.
"Camping with President Roosevelt" by John Burroughs
The torch fell into the water, and all was dark.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
A long hail came over the water and a torch was raised and lowered.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
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In poetry:

Less the stormy water waileth,
E'en the human tumult faileth;
Stars their silent torches light,
To conduct the car of night
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
And feet are thronging on the pebbly sands,
And torches flaring in the weedy caves,
Where'er the waters lay with icy hands
The shapes uplifted from their coral graves.
"After A Lecture On Shelley" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
THE moonlight filled the waters and the strand;
The floating spires gleamed toward the starry land;
Pale Hero seemed upon her Sestian height
To stand with torch alight.
"Silence And Solitude" by Annie Adams Fields

In news:

It's time for Democrats to trade in the torch and fiddle for a water bucket, which thus far they have been unwilling to do.
West Water Outlaws carry Boulder's blues-rock torch.
(AP) — An explosion and fire ripped through a Gulf oil platform Friday as workers used a cutting torch, sending four people to a hospital with burns and leaving two missing in waters off Louisiana.
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