torch

Definitions

  • With the aid of electric torches
    With the aid of electric torches
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v torch burn maliciously, as by arson "The madman torched the barns"
    • n torch a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame
    • n torch a small portable battery-powered electric lamp
    • n torch a light usually carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance
    • n torch tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches
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Additional illustrations & photos:

ESKIMO TORCH ESKIMO TORCH
The Fury waves her torch and stops the people at the banquet table eating The Fury waves her torch and stops the people at the banquet table eating

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Olympic torch weighs about 3 pounds
    • n Torch tôrch 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. "They light the nuptial torch ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: With winds of 50 miles per hour, The Statue of Liberty sways three inches and the torch sways five inches
    • n torch A similar torch used in plumbing, gas-fitting, electric-wiring, etc., for giving a heating flame wherever a condensed hot flame is required. It is made in many forms. Where air-pressure is used it is called a gasolene blow-torch. It is sometimes used as a paint-burner
    • n torch A lamplighters' torch using gasolene.
    • n torch A light to be carried in the hand, formed of some combustible substance, as resinous wood, or of twisted flax, hemp, etc., soaked with tallow or other inflammable substance; a link; a flambeau.
    • n torch An oil-lamp borne on a pole or other appliance for carrying a light easily and without danger.
    • torch To fish with the aid of a torch by night.
    • torch To flare or smoke like a torch; rise like the smoke from a torch: with up: as, how those clouds torch up!
    • torch In plastering, to point with lime and hair: said of the inside joints of slating laid on lathing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 403 steps from the foundation to the top of the torch in the Statue of Liberty.
    • n Torch torch a light formed of twisted tow dipped in pitch or other inflammable material: a large candle or flambeau
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The fire of glory is the torch of the mind.”
  • Felix Adler
    Felix Adler
    “The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.”
  • Ben Sweetland
    Ben Sweetland
    “We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.”
  • Marquis De Sade
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    “They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.”
  • Sir William Hamilton
    Sir William Hamilton
    “Truth is like a torch; the more it is shook it shines.”

Idioms

Hold the torch - If you hold the torch for someone, you have an unrequited or unspoken love.
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Take up the torch - If you take up the torch, you take on a challenge or responsibility, usually when someone else retires, or leaves an organisation, etc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. torche, F. torche, a torch, rag, wisp, pad; probably from a derivative of L. torquere, tortum, to twist, because twisted like a rope; cf. F. torcher, to rub, wipe, It. topcia, a torch, torciare, to wrap, twist, OF. torse, a torse. Cf. Torture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. torche—L. tortum, pa.p. of torquēre, to twist.

Usage

In literature:

Down they went toward the pits beneath the structure, and at a safe distance behind I followed the flicker of their torch.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The torch was applied, and they were all destroyed.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Holding his electric torch in one hand, he crept into the room.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
He had dropped his hydrogen torch, and tried to grip me.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
With a torch of small twigs I ventured into the dark hole running straight back beneath the cliff.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
The Torch is merely pressed by the hand over the Torch-Holder.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
His hydrogen heat-torch had already opened a rift in the wall!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
We lighted our torches and formed in procession.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The blood drained from his face, leaving his dark eyes blazing like torches.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The man was running, dragging a flaming torch through the long dried grass and brush!
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
I've a torch, and I'm going up this short-cut.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
Some said that the eyes shot fire; others, that it was not the eyes, but more like a torch in its mailed hand.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
Yet he was dumb as he sat before the warm glow of the passing torch of life which was shining from his daughter's face.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Fortunately Ben had plenty of matches with him, and striking one, he lit a bamboo stalk and held it up as a torch.
"The Campaign of the Jungle" by Edward Stratemeyer
But Penn had seen enough for one day, and the torch-bearing Cudjo guided them back to the spot from which they had started.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
The Goddess of Liberty held her torch aloft as though to guide them in their venture.
"Doubloons--and the Girl" by John Maxwell Forbes
They frayed one end with a jackknife to make the torch.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Primus had made his torches long; it would be an hour before they could burn down sufficiently to endanger the boat.
"East Angels" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
He held his torch closer to the wall to examine a large crack in the surface.
"Tahara" by Harold M. Sherman
He walked over to the place in question and directed the glow of the torch so that the circle of light fell full upon it.
"The Riddle of the Night" by Thomas W. Hanshew
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In poetry:

What needs he other gift,
The hero, with his living torch aflame,
Held high until the hour
The godhead gild his name!
"The Coronal" by Annie Adams Fields
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
See how bright his torch is blazing
In the heart of mother's store!
Strange! I never saw him gazing
So into that press before!
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
Sure that same night the Banshee howled
To fright the evil dame,
And fairy folks, who loved Kathleen,
With funeral torches came.
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A beggar at the window I,
Who, famished, looks on revelry;
A slave who lifts his torch to guide
The happy bridegroom to his bride.
"The Song Of The Young Page" by Theodosia Garrison
I would be a torch unto your hand,
A lamp upon your forehead, Labor,
In the wild darkness before the Dawn
That I shall never see…
"Dedication" by Lola Ridge

In news:

The Intruder Association, which Owens chairs, carries that torch, gathering pilots and bombardier/navigators to share stories and rekindle friendships.
Torch Songstress Began Career in DC Clubs.
I can't hold a candle to the Torch.
Teenager torches TPC Southwind with 10-under 61.
Home: Video: Spearing off Little Torch Key.
From GTAW torches to accessories.
BEIJING — Now that they've closed the doors and turned out the torch, who should have the last word on the 2008 Olympics.
Find bliss in this tiny town along the shore of Torch Lake.
Torch Lake from an Alden park.
The new Blackberry Torch 9800 smartphone is seen after being unveiled at a news conference August 3, 2010 in New York City.
So Kylie Russell torched the place.
Jewell's throwback, country- torch-singer style also has a long history.
Tomas Theriot (foreground) and Katie Chaidez star in ' Torch Song Trilogy.'.
' Torch Song Trilogy' gets its acts back at Theatre Q.
Beijing (AP) The president of the International Olympic Committee is calling the turmoil over the Beijing torch relay a " crisis " for the Olympic movement.
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In science:

The points of high sky brightness shown are likely caused by the observer’s torch shining too close to the WASP0 field of view.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
These fires were lit using drip torches to create lines of fire up to 200 m long perpendicular to the wind direction.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Fires were lit with a drip torch along the upwind (20 m long) edge to quickly establish a line fire and were allowed to propagate with the wind across the plot.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
As the DESY machine was limited in center-of-mass energy at that time, the torch was passed to the CLEO experiment at the CESR e+ e− storage ring.
Prospects for B-Physics in the Next Decade
Leal-Quiro discussed plasma torch processing of domestic and industrial solid waste.
Summary Talk of the X Latin American Workshop on Plasma Physics
Or, you switch on a torch, and you see a beam of light coming out from the torch.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
Next time round, when you have a torch in your hand, go out into the dark night, and point the torch to the sky before switching it on.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
And when you switch it on, a beam of light will shoot out of the torch, and go out far, far and even farther.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
Now switch on a torch, and let the beam of light travel straight ahead.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
You are again to put on the torch so as to release a beam of light.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
Only this time, please point the torch upwards, towards the ceiling, where there happens to be a mirror, so that the beam will be reflected and come back exactly to where it started from.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
Suppose when Ruju switches on the torch, both their watches show the time to be ten a.m.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
When the beam reaches back at the torch after the reflection, let Ruju(cid:146)s watch read five minutes past ten.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
Suppose according to Ruju light takes a time 2t to come back to the torch.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
According to Amu, let the light beam take a time 2T to come back to the torch.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
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