Definition of Torch

1. Noun. A light usually carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance.

Specialized synonyms: Flambeau
Generic synonyms: Light, Light Source

2. Verb. Burn maliciously, as by arson. "The madman torched the barns"
Generic synonyms: Burn, Burn Down, Fire

3. Noun. Tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches.

4. Noun. A small portable battery-powered electric lamp.
Exact synonyms: Flashlight
Generic synonyms: Electric Lamp
Terms within: Flashlight Battery
Specialized synonyms: Penlight

5. Noun. A burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame.
Exact synonyms: Blowlamp, Blowtorch
Generic synonyms: Burner
Specialized synonyms: Oxyacetylene Torch

Definition of Torch

1. n. 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.

Definition of Torch

1. Noun. A stick with a flame on one end used as a light source. ¹

2. Noun. (Australia New Zealand British) A portable source of electric light. ¹

3. Verb. To set fire to, especially using a torch (1) above. ¹

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Definition of Torch

1. to set on fire [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Torch

1. 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." (Milton) Torch thistle. See Thistle. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Torch

torch (current term)
torch race
torch runners
torch singer
torch singers
torch song
torch songs

Literary usage of Torch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Word by Harold Waldwin Percival (1912)
"CUPID WITH THE INVERTED torch BY FRANCIS MAYER "From the sarcophagus and the urn I awake the Genius of the extinguished torch, and so closely does its shape ..."

2. Bentley's Miscellany by Charles Dickens, William Harrison Ainsworth, Albert Smith (1847)
"Rant ass-ass-ination. Tol de rol, de rol, The characters dance, and exeunt in pairs. END OF THE TRAGEDY. THE torch-SPEECH. ..."

3. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"In the two cut» given below the torches are somewhat different: in ш they «re formed of thin strips of wood, no torch used In the race. (Krause. ..."

4. Days and Deeds: A Book of Verse for Children's Reading and Speaking by Elizabeth Shepard Butler Stevenson (1906)
"THE torch OF LIBERTY I saw it all in Fancy's glass— Herself, the fair, the wild magician, Who bade this splendid day-dream pass, And named each gilded ..."

5. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1916)
"Type B welding torch as furnished with Imperial outfits Nos. 1, 4 and 5 $20.00 Type DB cutting attachment for use with type B welding torch. ..."

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