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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
torch
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a car/torch/phone etc battery
▪ Have you checked your mobile phone battery?
torch song
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
flaming
▪ He grabbed a flaming torch and wielded it in front of him.
▪ Each carried a whip and flaming torch with which to chivy both mortal offenders and recalcitrant gods.
▪ Underneath was a moulded jetty, close-studding with a herringbone gable, carved flaming torches supporting an oriel window.
olympic
▪ She was held up as a living version of the Olympic torch, burning with the spirit of sportsmanship.
▪ I could swear the Olympic torch carrier who came running past my street the other day was a dwarf.
▪ The Olympic torch will be carried into the stadium.
powerful
▪ One of them was using a much more powerful torch than Canon Oglethorpe's, without any attempt to conceal its light.
▪ At intervals I wandered round the camp, flashing my powerful torch into the darkness.
▪ I retained my archers but took away their bows and arrows and gave them powerful, waterproof torches instead.
small
▪ I was allowed to carry a small torch then, and had another student with me.
▪ If some one shines a small torch at one end, the light may be clearly seen to emerge from the other.
▪ Analysis Here's a very simple example of the start of a media relations programme for a small company producing torches.
▪ The Doctor pulled a small torch from his pocket and clicked it on.
▪ The robot holds a small torch in its gripper.
▪ There is a hook dead centre for hanging a small torch.
■ NOUN
beam
▪ Down below, he could see the single torch beam which illuminated Devlin, the girl and Gilbert.
▪ They gazed into my torch beam like cons caught in razor wire.
▪ Caught in the torch beam were a pair of eyes, glittering ebony pupils widening in shock.
▪ Bernice ran forward into the darkness, her torch beam bobbing in front of her.
▪ He swept the torch beam round the short passage and saw the two cell doors on his left were ajar.
▪ Something scuttled out of the torch beam, hopping across the ceiling lathes into the shadows.
■ VERB
carry
▪ Britain could carry the torch of freedom, truth, toleration and peace.
▪ Aaron Hammon is a recovering speed freak; he has carried a torch for the drug methamphetamine since childhood.
▪ I was allowed to carry a small torch then, and had another student with me.
▪ I refuse to allow you to inspect my cellars simply because you have seen my young sister carrying a torch.
▪ If anyone is carrying the Adler torch of the confluence of jazz and ballad, it is Kidd.
▪ Was it possible poor old Harry was still carrying a torch for Pickles?
▪ One feels a certain sympathy for those selected to carry the torch in New Zealand.
▪ But all the time he himself was carrying his own torch for a lost love.
flash
▪ When she took off her glasses the sun caught her eyes and made them flash like green torches.
▪ Blagg had tried a brief smile when Maxim flashed the torch on himself for identification, but didn't speak.
▪ He flashed his torch up on to the walls and had another look at the barbed wire.
▪ Up in the bows, one of the bureaucrats flashed a torch twice, waited five seconds and repeated the signal.
▪ At intervals I wandered round the camp, flashing my powerful torch into the darkness.
hold
▪ No doubt somebody had held a torch for him.
▪ For nine days Demeter wanders, wild with grief, holding torches in both hands.
▪ He ran forward, holding his torch out straight in front of him, like the very last runner in some crazy relay race.
▪ The robot holds a small torch in its gripper.
▪ He began to unbutton his trousers, holding his torch between his upper arm and side.
▪ Henry kept tight hold of the leg, and he held on to his torch too.
light
▪ Guests arrived by horse-drawn carriages and the path to the Castle was lit by blazing torches.
▪ Narine Baney taps softly on a beaker with his knuckle, then lights his torch.
▪ They had lit a torch which was flaring and smoking in an iron bracket.
▪ Silver: Muhammad Ali lights the torch.
▪ Ipuky's confession had lit a bright torch in the dark labyrinth of his investigation.
▪ Some streets are dimly lit by smoking torches, but the houses have only the shadowy light of candles and oil-lamps.
▪ Under the bedclothes, Rory pressed a lit torch into the palm of his hand, into his bunched fingers.
▪ Some had lit the torches and roasted other men alive in the middle of the night.
put
▪ Five men came to my place and beat me up and put the torch to my place.
▪ He left behind a closetful of fine suits and white shirts, which Magnus also put to the torch.
▪ Then his men put a torch to the thatch roof of every cabin before they rode away.
▪ He put down the torch and used both hands to scoop up his last-minute discovery.
▪ It was so cold in that studio, no wonder that painter put a torch to the Champs Elysees.
shine
▪ There were three more rooms and Henry crept through them, shining his torch carefully round.
▪ Joe noticed his absence in the night, shining a torch to avoid stepping on him but finding no sign of Fred.
▪ First he swam out shining his torch for the paddler to see.
▪ If some one shines a small torch at one end, the light may be clearly seen to emerge from the other.
▪ I shine my pocket torch on to hundreds of crabs skittering into the sea.
▪ Moving gingerly, she went over to it and lifted one corner of the cloth, shining her torch on the canvas.
▪ On convertibles, shine a torch down into the well that the hood folds into and check for rust.
▪ Jack hastened to the front of the box shining his torch across the tracks.
switch
▪ He switched on his torch and found himself alone in the office.
▪ Then he switched on the torch and splashed through the puddle in the concrete to the shed.
▪ He opened the door, switching off the torch and closing the door behind him.
▪ Then he switched his own torch off.
▪ I mended the tent-pole bag and listened to another sermon before switching off my torch.
▪ He switched on his torch and stepped round the corner.
▪ In the end he switched the torch on.
▪ He switched on his torch - there was, of course, no electrical power left.
take
▪ He took a torch with him, left the car and entered the old building.
▪ Then it was that the West took up the torch.
▪ Endill took his torch and screwdriver with him in case there was anything to unscrew.
▪ Kissing became the gesture of romantic love, and future actors took up the torch.
▪ They took the torch with them.
▪ She took a torch from the shelf and we crept into the night, children on a midnight dare.
▪ As they waited, Maltravers silently took the torch from Sally Baker's hand, then they stiffened as the lychgate creaked.
▪ As some spiders only come out when it is dark, take a torch and go searching in the evening.
turn
▪ He turned on the torch and shone it round the shed.
▪ She turned on his heavy-duty torch.
▪ He turned on his own torch and started wondering how he was going to get out.
▪ So I turned on my electric torch and there was nobody there.
use
▪ You use a torch to see anything.
▪ Also we stopped using our little paraffin lamp during the night watch, and used torches instead.
▪ Go to the dark room. 24. Use the torch. 25.
▪ As a 10-year-old kid Pauline used a stolen acetylene torch to decapitate the globe of a gumball machine.
▪ At night we use big torches, and night vision equipment to get evidence.
▪ Look at the Morse code chart and, using a torch, try to spell out your name.
▪ Poke around any plumbing, lift any loose floorboards and inspect the joists, using your screwdriver and torch.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
carry a torch for sb
▪ Seth has been carrying a torch for Liz ever since high school.
▪ Aaron Hammon is a recovering speed freak; he has carried a torch for the drug methamphetamine since childhood.
▪ Was it possible poor old Harry was still carrying a torch for Pickles?
carry the torch of sth
▪ Ancient Greeks carried the torch of scientific study for many centuries.
▪ Britain could carry the torch of freedom, truth, toleration and peace.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ After a cursory check, Myeloski went off to talk to the guard at the gate and find a torch.
▪ Down below, he could see the single torch beam which illuminated Devlin, the girl and Gilbert.
▪ If he ever guessed that she carried this stupid, hopeless torch for him, he would ... what?
▪ Ipuky's confession had lit a bright torch in the dark labyrinth of his investigation.
▪ It was a photo of a robed woman with a sharp star for a halo and a torch in her upraised hand.
▪ Working on the torch principle the gun became a simple projector.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ It looked to me like someone had torched the place.
▪ Thibault was caught torching the restaurant.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Bunny threatened to chainsaw the flat in Muswell Hill and torch the goldfish, although maybe it was the other way round.
▪ He found himself before the emperor a second time, after torching a pagan idol; his punishment was a severe flogging.
▪ Torrents of lava would not tumble out to force fire down his throat, torch his tongue.
▪ We see him move slowly through the ranks, from fencing stolen goods to torching ailing business interests.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
torch

flashlight \flash"light`\ n. a portable battery-powered electric lamp, small enough to be held in one hand; -- it is most commonly cylindrical, but other forms are also made. It is called in Britain a torch

Syn: torch.

torch

Torchwort \Torch"wort`\, n. (Bot.) The common mullein, the stalks of which, dipped in suet, anciently served for torches. Called also torch, and hig-taper.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
torch

mid-13c., from Old French torche "torch," also "handful of straw" (for wiping or cleaning, hence French torcher "to wipe, wipe down"), originally "twisted thing," then "torch formed of twisted tow dipped in wax," probably from Vulgar Latin *torca, alteration of Late Latin torqua, from Latin torquere "to twist" (see torque (n.)).\n

\nIn Britain, also applied to the battery-driven version (in U.S., a flashlight). To pass the torch is an ancient metaphor from the Greek torch-races (lampadedromia) where the goal was to reach the finish line with the torch still burning. Torch-bearer "leader of a cause" is from 1530s. Torch song is 1927 ("My Melancholy Baby," performed by Tommy Lyman, is said to have been the first so called), from carry a torch "suffer an unrequited love" (also 1927), Broadway slang, but the sense is obscure.

torch

1819, "illuminate with a torch," from torch (n.). Meaning "set fire to" is from 1931. Related: Torched; torching.

Wiktionary
torch

n. 1 A stick with a flame on one end, used chiefly as a light source; a similarly shaped implement with a replaceable supply of flammable material. 2 (context UK Ireland Australia New Zealand South Africa English) A portable light source powered by electricity; a flashlight. 3 (context slang US English) An arsonist. vb. To set fire to, especially by use of a torch (flaming stick).

WordNet
torch
  1. n. a light carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance

  2. tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers; ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches [syn: common mullein, great mullein, Aaron's rod, flannel mullein, woolly mullein, Verbascum thapsus]

  3. a small portable battery-powered electric lamp [syn: flashlight]

  4. a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame [syn: blowtorch, blowlamp]

torch

v. burn maliciously, as by arson; "The madman torched the barns"

Wikipedia
Torch

A torch is a stick with combustible material at one end, which is ignited and used as a light source. Torches have been used throughout history, and are still used in processions, symbolic and religious events, and in juggling entertainment. In some countries the word "torch" is used as the term for a battery-operated portable light.

Torch (rapper)

'''Frederik Hahn ''' (born September 29, 1971 in Heidelberg), better known by his stage name Torch, is a German rapper. He is also known as DJ Haitian Star. He was among the first German rappers who began rapping in German in the mid-1980s in Heidelberg, laying the foundation for the success of German hip hop music. In 1985, Afrika Bambaataa named him king of the first German chapter of the Zulu Nation and also gave him the title: Overlord of Sound & Culture.

Torch (juggling)

Juggling torches are one of various props used by jugglers. Torches are usually commercially made props that are made of wood and/or metal with a wick attached at one end. The wick is impregnated with a flammable substance (usually paraffin) and ignited before use.

Torch (Carly Simon album)

Torch is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's tenth studio album (eleventh overall). It was her first album devoted to standards, mostly old torch songs, relating unrequited love or rejection. The album also features one Simon original, "From the Heart". The album was released in 1981, and was recorded during her marriage break up to James Taylor, which was announced shortly after the release of the album.

Torch (disambiguation)

A torch is a portable burning light source.

Torch or torches may also refer to:

Torch (band)

Torch is a hardcore/metal band from Trondheim, Norway.

Torch (G.I. Joe)

Torch is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He is affiliated with Cobra as one of the Dreadnoks and debuted in 1985. He is often seen working closely with Ripper and Buzzer.

Torch (Honeytribe album)

Torch is the first album by Devon Allman's Honeytribe. It was originally released in 2006, by Livewire Recordings, then rereleased in 2007 by Provogue Records.

Torch (song)

"Torch" is a song by English synthpop duo Soft Cell. It was released as a single in 1982 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, number 31 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart and number 12 in the Netherlands.

Singer Marc Almond duets towards the end of the song with Cindy Ecstasy, a rapper from New York, who sings slightly off-key in an approximation of an Estuary English accent.

Torch (American rapper)

Kevin Christopher Belnavis (born July 12, 1982), better known by his stage name Torch, is an American rapper signed to Maybach Music Group as part of the group Triple C's. Born and with a childhood in the Castle Hill area of the Bronx, he was sent by his mother to live with his older sister in Miami, Florida, as a teen.

While living in Miami, he met William Leonard Roberts II, who came to be better known as musician Rick Ross; a Miami rapper called Gunplay, and rapper Young Breed; together, the four young men formed the Southern rap group Triple C's (aka Carol City Cartel).

Torch (browser)

Torch is a Chromium-based web browser and Internet suite developed by Torch Media. The browser handles common Internet-related tasks such as displaying websites, sharing websites via social networks, downloading torrents, accelerating downloads and grabbing online media, all directly from the browser. Torch Browser is commercial freeware.

Torch is based on the Chromium source code. Torch's most recent version, 39.0.0.9626, uses Chromium version 40, making it compatible with all add-ons and extensions available in the Chrome store. On June 18, 2013, Torch announced that it had surpassed 10 million active users.

Torrent site The Pirate Bay has run paid endorsements for Torch on their website.

Torch (book)

Torch is the debut novel of American author Cheryl Strayed. Published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the book was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award and was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top ten books of 2006 by writers living in the Pacific Northwest. The book presents the story of family crisis and grief through the failing health and subsequent death of a mother of two children in Minnesota. The book is loosely based on the real life of the author.

Torch (machine learning)

Torch is an open source machine learning library, a scientific computing framework, and a script language based on the Lua programming language. It provides a wide range of algorithms for deep machine learning, and uses the scripting language LuaJIT, and an underlying C implementation.

TORCH (search)
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Usage examples of "torch".

These protected the main bodies by a process of ablation so that to the opposition each man appeared to flare up under fire like a living torch.

The first eight were spent accelerating, and then the blazing antimatter torches were turned toward the enemy and a deceleration began.

He strapped on his Smith and Wesson, shrugged into his jacket and put the aerosol can in one pocket and the hooded torch in the other.

Aye as I went, that maiden who had reared The torch of Truth afar, of whose high deeds The Hermit in his pilgrimage had heard, Haunted my thoughts.

Frenchman, Pierre Rostafel, who wandered unsteadily up and down the quadrangle, his torch of alfa grass ready in his hand.

I switched on the torch and found Angekok there before me, his arms folded across his chest.

There is a dry bituminous wood upon the plateaua species of araucaria, according to our botanistwhich is always used by the Indians for torches.

I was beginning to wonder if Arem was going to let us bring out any torches, when I thought I saw a little movement in a distant tree to my left.

The gentle glow of the Argand lamps had been replaced by pitch-coated torches in iron sconces.

The Seneschal was quickly at his shoulder with a flaring torch as Prince Rupert entered the Armoury of the Forest Kings.

Hal appeared in the armoury doorway with a sword in one hand and a burning torch that he had seized from its bracket in the other.

Then Aumery, having handed his torch to Tirgit, was there, fussily helping Michel to rise to his feet.

Skinner, at Harvard, to carry the torch of behaviourism, which he continued to do throughout his long career as experimental psychologist, educational adviser, philosopher and novelist until his death in 1990.

Finally the two whirling torches were flung full at the bolder Aliansa.

The boojum registered the number, velocity, mass, and origin of the small ships, as well as noting the tell-tale hydrogen torches propelling them.