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Related to torc: torch
Variant of torque2.
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(Archaeology) another spelling of torque1
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n., v. torqued, torqu•ing. n.
1. something that produces or tends to produce torsion or rotation.
2. the measured ability of a rotating element, as of a gear or shaft, to overcome turning resistance.
3. the rotational effect on plane-polarized light passing through certain liquids or crystals.v.i., v.t.
4. to rotate or cause to rotate or twist.
[1880–85; < Latin torquēre to twist]
a collar, necklace, or similar ornament consisting of a twisted narrow band, usu. of precious metal, worn esp. by the ancient Gauls and Britons.
[1825–35; < French < Latin torques]
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