American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. Slang To cause to burn or undergo combustion, especially with extraordinary rapidity, force, or thoroughness.
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.
- 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. UK, Australia, New Zealand A portable light source powered by electricity; a flashlight.
- v. To set fire to, especially by use of a torch (flaming stick).
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- From Old French torche, ultimately from Latin torqueō ("twist"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“It seems to me that the "torch" is being handed off to Esser, and there really is, right now, no real competition.”
“Â The question now becomes, who will pick up the torch from the interim torchbearers, and which former Global Guardian will end up on the new roster?”
“The torch is then passed to hammy ham ham-ham Val Kilmer, who has not one iota of consistency to his performance, which exists only for him to try and out-weird Brando.”
“As he did so, Toryn removed a torch from the wall and lit it.”
“The torch is passed on for one politician for the people to another politician for the people.”
“Collecting herself, she stretches slowly, pats Phillipa's head, takes her torch from the drawer and flicks the light switch for the driveway.”
“There it will meet a torch from the summit of Everest.”
“As the torch is passed news outlets should really consider if Ed Rendell, Terry McAuliffe and Harold Ford are really the people who should be on representing the Dem side in this presidential race.”
“Protesters in Paris attempted to take the olympic torch from a wheel chair bound amputee torch bearer.”
“Now the torch is passing to Thanks, But No Thanks, where the roundup will appear every other week, beginning this week with Weekly Law School Roundup #127.”
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