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torque 1

1. The measure of a force's tendency to produce torsion or rotation about an axis, equal to the product of the force vector and the radius vector from the axis of rotation to the point of application of the force; the moment of a force.
2. A turning or twisting force.
tr.v. torqued, torqu·ing, torques
To impart torque to.

[From Latin torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

torqu′er n.
torque′y adj.

torque 2

or torc  (tôrk)
A collar, a necklace, or an armband made of a strip of twisted metal, worn by the ancient Celts and Germans.

[French, from Old French, from Latin torquēs, from torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Zoology) a distinctive band of hair, feathers, skin, or colour around the neck of an animal; a collar
[C17: from Latin: necklace, from torquēre to twist]
torquate adj
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In his right hand was a huge spear, about the neck a thick torque of gold, and bound on the forehead shone dully a single and enormous uncut diamond.
Except for the Bredent, all aged and new wrenches applied torques that differed significantly from the target values.
* Turning on current to the field coils too soon can create excessive torques when locking in to synchronous speed.
Ju, "A Technique of Torque Ripple Reduction in Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor", IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol.
The good efficiency, high torque and variable speed ratio in addition to low cost, high reliability and fault-tolerance make the Switched Reluctance Motor (SRM) a candidate with real chances on the market of vehicle propulsion.
Additionally, the PMSGs have the high torque density and the power factor characteristics [6].
In extrusion it's generally accepted that rigid PVC (RPVC) has a high torque requirement because of its very high viscosity in the processing range.