from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A portable light produced by the flame of a stick of resinous wood or of a flammable material wound about the end of a stick of wood; a flambeau.
- n. Chiefly British A flashlight.
- n. Something that serves to illuminate, enlighten, or guide.
- n. Slang An arsonist.
- n. A portable apparatus that produces a very hot flame by the combustion of gases, used in welding and construction.
- transitive v. Slang To cause to burn or undergo combustion, especially with extraordinary rapidity, force, or thoroughness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stick with a flame on one end, used chiefly as a light source; a similarly shaped implement with a replaceable supply of flammable material.
- n. A portable light source powered by electricity; a flashlight.
- v. To set fire to, especially by use of a torch (flaming stick).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. A lamplighters' torch using gasolene.
- n. 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. An oil-lamp borne on a pole or other appliance for carrying a light easily and without danger.
- To fish with the aid of a torch by night.
- To flare or smoke like a torch; rise like the smoke from a torch: with up: as, how those clouds torch up!
- In plastering, to point with lime and hair: said of the inside joints of slating laid on lathing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. burn maliciously, as by arson
- n. tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches
- n. a light usually carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance
- n. a small portable battery-powered electric lamp
- n. a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame
Middle English torche, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *torca, alteration of Latin torqua, variant of torquēs, torque, from Latin torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French torche, ultimately from Latin torqueō ("twist"). (Wiktionary)