Definition of torch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tɔːtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrtʃ//
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  1. 1(British English) (also flashlight North American English, British English) a small electric lamp that uses batteries and that you can hold in your hand Shine the torch on the lock while I try to get the key in.
  2. 2(North American English) = blowtorch
  3. 3a long piece of wood that has material at one end that is set on fire and that people carry to give light a flaming torch the Olympic torch (figurative) They struggled to keep the torch of idealism and hope alive.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French torche, from Latin torqua, variant of torques ‘necklace, wreath’, from torquere ‘to twist’. The current verb sense was originally US slang and dates from the 1930s.Extra examples I shone my torch through the crack. I’m ready to pass the torch on to the next generation. Servants were carrying lighted torches. The path to the castle was lit by blazing torches. The path was lit by blazing torches. The policeman flashed his torch over the men’s faces. The torch flickered and went out. The torches were burning fiercely. They lit their torches from the fire. We struggled to read the map by the light of the torch. Supporters carried flaming torches to welcome him. The Olympic torch will arrive next month.Idioms
    carry a torch for somebody
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    to be in love with somebody, especially somebody who does not love you in return See related entries: Love
    put something to the torch
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    (literary) to set fire to something deliberately
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: torch