from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of torch.
  • n. An act of arson.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A method of capturing fish by torch-light at night. It is practised chiefly in the fall, when the fish are abundant. Also called driving and fire-fishing.


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  • When you throw in a fire that's already burning and you push winds in that strong, you get what you call torching where little embers will blow off maybe a brush or maybe a tree and advance the line out further.

    CNN Transcript Apr 30, 2008

  • We're having what we call torching trees are lighting up and burning like Roman candles.

    CNN Transcript May 9, 2007

  • AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) — An Indian court has refused to release a Muslim, charged over the train torching that triggered Gujarat’s Hindu-Muslim rioting two years ago, so he could go home to have sex with his wife.

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  • Sooner or later, someone will call torching cars a form of emotional release, politically meaningful, or even a form of noteworthy expression as a means of accepting hideous destrictiveness as normative or at least understandable.

    ¡No Pasarán!

  • They recalled the torching by detainees of France's biggest detention centre for migrants awaiting expulsion, at Vincennes just outside Paris, on June 22nd last year. Breaking News

  • In so doing, the government has redefined environmentally motivated property destruction, such as torching Hummers or destroying tree-felling equipment, as being tantamount to the murderous assaults of Al Qaeda.

    John Robbins: Are 'Eco-Terrorists' Falsley Prosecuted?

  • During a debate with party spokesman Pearse Doherty on Feb. 7, Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said the government is pressing for a "substantial discount" on 20 billion euros of unsecured senior bank bonds, less than two weeks after he said in parliament that the idea of reneging on senior bank bonds is akin to "torching" a house. -- Top News

  • Lenihan said in parliament on Jan. 27 that the idea of reneging on senior bank bonds is akin to "torching" a house, as neighbors, in the shape of depositors, would also flee. -- Top News

  • In addition to providing a more humane shelter, re-using the trailers would eliminate the insult to the environment from disposing them in their entirety in landfills or "torching" them.

    The News Tribune Blogs

  • Based on reports by churches and the media, the violations -- mostly by radical Muslim groups -- include forced closure of churches, revocation and delays in issuing building permits, and attacks such as torching and damaging churches, the institute said.

    Jihad Monitor


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