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torch

 (tôrch)
n.
1.
a. 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.
b. Chiefly British A flashlight.
2. Something that serves to illuminate, enlighten, or guide.
3. Slang An arsonist.
4. A portable apparatus that produces a very hot flame by the combustion of gases, used in welding and construction.
5. Longstanding unrequited romantic feelings for a person: My torch for her has finally gone out.
tr.v. torched, torch·ing, torch·es Slang
To cause to burn or undergo combustion, especially with extraordinary rapidity, force, or thoroughness.
Idioms:
carry a torch
To have longstanding feelings of love that are not requited: still carrying the torch for a man she knew in her twenties.
put to the torch
To destroy by fire; burn down.

[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.]
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torch

(tɔːtʃ)
n
1. (Electronics) a small portable electric lamp powered by one or more dry batteries. US and Canadian word: flashlight
2. a wooden or tow shaft dipped in wax or tallow and set alight
3. anything regarded as a source of enlightenment, guidance, etc: the torch of evangelism.
4. (Tools) any apparatus that burns with a hot flame for welding, brazing, or soldering
5. carry a torch for to be in love with, esp unrequitedly
6. put to the torch to set fire to; burn down: the looted monastery was put to the torch.
vb
(tr) slang to set fire to, esp deliberately as an act of arson
[C13: from Old French torche handful of twisted straw, from Vulgar Latin torca (unattested), from Latin torquēre to twist]
ˈtorchˌlike adj
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torch

(tɔrtʃ)

n.
1. a light, usu. carried in the hand, consisting of a stick of resinous wood, tallow-soaked flax, or some other flammable substance, ignited at the upper end.
2. something considered as a source of illumination, enlightenment, or guidance: the torch of learning.
3. any of various lamplike devices producing a hot flame, used for soldering, burning off paint, etc.
4. Slang. an arsonist.
5. Chiefly Brit. flashlight (def. 1).
v.t.
6. to subject to the flame or light of a torch.
7. to set fire to, esp. maliciously.
Idioms:
carry a or the torch for, to be in love with, esp. without being loved in return.
[1250–1300; Middle English torche (n.) < Old French < Vulgar Latin *torca a twist of straw, something twisted. See torque1]
torch′a•ble, adj.
torch′like`, adj.
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torch

  • funeral - Once was a torchlight procession, from Latin funis, "torch"—because funerals of the Romans took place at night by torchlight.
  • kindle - The verb is related to Old Norse kyndill, "candle, torch."
  • Drummond light - A torch that burns calcium oxide (lime) and gives off intense white light, it was named for Scottish engineer Capt. Thomas Drummond, R.E. (1797-1840), who invented it around 1825.
  • torch - From Latin torquere, it first referred to tarred twists of frayed rope.
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torch

flashlight
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.torch - a light usually carried in the handtorch - a light usually carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance
flambeau - a flaming torch (such as are used in processions at night)
light source, light - any device serving as a source of illumination; "he stopped the car and turned off the lights"
2.torch - tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowerstorch - tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches
flannel leaf, mullein, velvet plant - any of various plants of the genus Verbascum having large usually woolly leaves and terminal spikes of yellow or white or purplish flowers
3.torch - a small portable battery-powered electric lamptorch - a small portable battery-powered electric lamp
electric lamp - a lamp powered by electricity
flashlight battery - a small dry battery containing dry cells; used to power flashlights
penlight - a small flashlight resembling a fountain pen
4.torch - a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flametorch - a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame
burner - an apparatus for burning fuel (or refuse); "a diesel engine is an oil burner"
oxyacetylene torch - a blowtorch that burns oxyacetylene
Verb1.torch - burn maliciously, as by arsontorch - burn maliciously, as by arson; "The madman torched the barns"
burn, burn down, fire - destroy by fire; "They burned the house and his diaries"
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torch

noun
1. flashlight, light, lamp, beacon She shone a torch over the terrified faces.
2. firebrand, brand, taper, flaming stick They lit a torch and set fire to the chapel's thatch.
verb set fire to, burn, ignite, set on fire, kindle, set alight, incinerate, destroy by fire, set light to, reduce to ashes, put a match to The rioters torched the local library.
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torch

verb
Slang. To cause to burn or undergo combustion:
Idioms: set afire, set fire to.
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Translations
شُعْلَهقِنْديلكَشَّافٌ كَهْرَبائِيّ
baterkapochodeň
fakkellommelygte
مشعل
taskulamppusoihtu
bakljadžepna lampa
fáklyazseblámpaelemlámpa
obor
kyndillvasaljós
懐中電灯
손전등
faxtaeda
deglasfakelas
lāpalukturītis
baterkapochodeň
baklažepna svetilka
бакља
ficklampablossfackla
ไฟฉาย
đèn pin

torch

[tɔːtʃ]
A. N
1. (flaming) → antorcha f, tea f
to carry the torch of democracy/progress (fig) → mantener viva la llama de la democracia/del progreso
to carry a torch for sbestar enamorado de algn
2. (Brit) (electric) → linterna f
3. (Tech) (also blow torch) → soplete m
B. VT (= set fire to) [+ building, vehicle] → prender fuego a, incendiar
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torch

[ˈtɔːrtʃ] n
(British) (electric)lampe f de poche
(= flame) → torche f
like a torch → comme une torche
The house went up like a torch → La maison s'est embrasée comme une torche.
a human torch → une torche vivante
to carry a torch for sb (fig)en pincer pour qn
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

torch

n (lit, fig)Fackel f; (Brit: = flashlight) → Taschenlampe f; (= blowlamp)Schweißbrenner m; the torch of learningdie Fackel der Wissenschaft; to carry a torch for somebodynach jdm schmachten; to carry the torch of or for somethingein eifriger Verfechter einer Sache (gen)sein
vt (= to set fire to)anstecken, anzünden
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torch

[tɔːtʃ] n (Brit) (electric) → torcia elettrica, lampadina tascabile; (flaming) → torcia, fiaccola
to carry a torch for sb (fig) → essere innamorato/a cotto/a di qn
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

torch

(toːtʃ) noun
1. (American ˈflashlight) a small portable light worked by an electric battery. He shone his torch into her face.
2. a piece of wood etc set on fire and carried as a light.
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torch

كَشَّافٌ كَهْرَبائِيّ baterka fakkel Taschenlampe φακός linterna taskulamppu torche džepna lampa torcia 懐中電灯 손전등 zaklamp lommelykt pochodnia lanterna de mão факел ficklampa ไฟฉาย el feneri đèn pin 手电筒
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Last year, President John Magufuli ordered thousands of Kenyan and Ugandan chicks to be put to the torch in a chicken fight that had feathers flying all over East Africa.
And I'm sure there is nothing worth saving in the predatory sexual culture currently being put to the torch by victims and journalists.
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In Austin, then the county-seat town of Tunica County, the city was put to the torch leaving only two homes standing.