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Torc \Torc\ (t[^o]rk), n. Same as Torque, 1.


n. (alternative spelling of torque English) (gloss: necklace)


A torc, also spelled torq or torque, is a large rigid or at least stiff neck ring in metal, made either as a single piece or from strands twisted together. The great majority are open at the front, although some had hook and ring closures and a few mortice and tenon locking catches to close them. Many seem designed for near-permanent wear and would have been difficult to remove. Torcs are found in the Scythian, Illyrian Thracian, Celtic, and other cultures of the European Iron Age from around the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD. For the Iron Age Celts the gold torc seems to have been a key object, identifying the wearer as a person of high rank, and many of the finest works of ancient Celtic art are torcs. The Celtic torc disappears in the Migration Period, but during the Viking Age torc-style metal necklaces, now mainly in silver, came back into fashion. Torc styles of neck-ring are found as part of the jewellery styles of various other cultures and periods.

Torc (disambiguation)

Torc or TORC has several meanings:

  • Torc, personal adornment made from twisted metal
  • Torque, physical quantity
  • Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, a town
  • TORC: The Off Road Championship, an American off-road racing series
  • Torc Waterfall and Torc Mountain, both near Killarney, Ireland.

Usage examples of "torc".

He fingered his torc as if his right to wear it was tied to his ability to speak.

His left hand automatically reached for his torc while the fingers of his left hand twisted into a complicated gesture.

He fingered the bulbous end of his torc while he mulled over the situation.

He wanted to finger his torc, invoke a little of his listening talent to know what they were thinking.

He stood up and started to pace, one hand on his torc in obvious imitation of my father.

He fingered his torc, like a protective talisman, just like Da did in the presence of magic.

But his left hand stole up to finger his torc before he could control the instinctive gesture.

He touched his torc in his habitual manner and worked his fingers in a complicated summoning.

His golden torc glinted in the weak winter sunshine beneath his voluminous cloak.

I noted that he wore the ordinary bronze torc of a warrior, not the gold of a king.

They torc at my thin garment, my hair, and my identity until I did not know if I was the wind or the wind had become me.

His golden torc was missing, set aside in favor of the Christian symbols.

He wore a large neck ring, or torc, of silver, and a wide belt of silver disks.

Like Ruadh, the Chief Bard wore a simple garb of dun brown, although his cloak was rich purple and his brooch was gold, and he wore a slender torc of gold also.

In addition to his torc, the king wore a crown, which appeared to have been made of oak leaves and twigs dipped in gold.