torch

[[t]tɔ͟ː(r)tʃ[/t]]
torches, torching, torched
1) N-COUNT A torch is a small electric light which is powered by batteries and which you can carry in your hand. [BRIT]
(in AM, use flashlight)
2) N-COUNT A torch is a long stick with burning material at one end, used to provide light or to set things on fire.

They lit a torch and set fire to the chapel's thatch.

...a torch-lit march for peace.

3) N-COUNT: supp N A torch is a device that produces a hot flame and is used for tasks such as cutting or joining pieces of metal.
See also blowtorch

The gang worked for up to ten hours with acetylene torches to open the vault.

4) VERB If someone torches a building or vehicle, they set fire to it deliberately.

[V n] The rioters torched the local library...

[V n] Cars and trucks have been torched, bottles and bricks thrown.

5) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you say that someone is carrying a torch for someone else, you mean that they secretly admire them or love them.

He has always carried a torch for Barbara.

6) PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR for/of n If you say that someone is carrying the torch of a particular belief or movement, you mean that they are working hard to ensure that it is not forgotten and continues to grow stronger.

This group aims to carry the torch for the millions who demonstrated and the thousands who died...

Since his death in 1985 his widow has carried the torch of his Stalinist legacy.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Torch (MC) — Torch (engl.: Fackel; auch Torchmann, Torchkinski, MC Torch oder DJ Haitian Star), (* 29. September 1971), mit bürgerlichem Namen Frederik Hahn, war der erste deutsche MC, der Mitte der 1980er Jahre in Heidelberg mit dem deutschen Sprechgesang… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • TORCH — (englisch ‚Fackel‘, im britischen Englisch auch ‚Taschenlampe‘) bezeichnet: Torch (Rapper) (bürgerlich Frederik Hahn; * 1971), deutscher Hip Hop Musiker Torch (Band), schwedische Hardrock Band Operation Torch, anglo amerikanische Invasion nach… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • torch — ► NOUN 1) Brit. a portable battery powered electric lamp. 2) chiefly historical a piece of wood or cloth soaked in tallow and ignited. 3) something valuable which needs to be protected and maintained: the torch of freedom. 4) chiefly N. Amer. a… …   English terms dictionary

  • Torch — (t[^o]rch), n. [OE. torche, F. torche a torch, rag, wisp, pad; probably from a derivative of L. torquere, tortum, to twist, because twisted like a rope; cf. F. torcher to rub, wipe, It. topcia a torch, torciare to wrap, twist, OF. torse a torse.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Torch — (englisch ‚Fackel‘, im britischen Englisch auch ‚Taschenlampe‘) bezeichnet: Torch (Rapper) (bürgerlich Frederik Hahn; * 1971), deutscher Hip Hop Musiker Torch (Band), schwedische Hardrock Band Operation Torch, anglo amerikanische Invasion nach… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • torch — [tôrch] n. [ME < OFr torche < VL * torca, twisted object, for L torqua < torquere, to twist: see TORSION] 1. a portable light consisting of a long piece of resinous wood, or twisted tow dipped in tallow, etc., flaming at one end; link;… …   English World dictionary

  • Torch — Torch, 2004 Torch (aussi appelé Torchmann, Torchkinski, MC Torch ou bien [1]DJ Haitian Star), né le 29 septembre 1971, de son vrai nom Frederik Hahn, est le premier MC allemand à avoir écrit des textes dans sa langue maternelle. Il débute dans le …   Wikipédia en Français

  • torch|y — «TR chee», adjective, torch|i|er, tch|i|est. of, having to do with, or characteristic of a torch song or a torch singer: »Pop tunes of a torchy temper, sung with a fine ear for theatrical effect (Time) …   Useful english dictionary

  • TORCH — iniciales de Toxoplasmosis, Otras infecciones, Rubeola, Citomegalovirus y Herpes simplex. Un síndrome que se observa a veces en el feto o neonato Diccionario ilustrado de Términos Médicos.. Alvaro Galiano …   Diccionario médico

  • torch — torch; torch·man; torch·er; …   English syllables

  • torch — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 (BrE) electric light ⇨ See also ↑flashlight ADJECTIVE ▪ powerful ▪ electric VERB + TORCH ▪ carry, have …   Collocations dictionary


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