What is torch?

  • (noun): A light carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A torch is a fire source, usually a rod-shaped piece of wood with a soaked in pitch and/or some other flammable material wrapped around one end. Torches were often supported in sconces by brackets high up on walls, to throw light over corridors in stone structures such as castles or crypts. This traditional use of the word lives on in the Olympic Torch, procession torches and the like.

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More definitions of "torch":

  • (noun): A burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame.
    Synonyms: blowtorch, blowlamp
  • (noun): A small portable battery-powered electric lamp.
    Synonyms: flashlight
  • (verb): Burn maliciously, as by arson.
    Example: "The madman torched the barns"

Famous quotes containing the word torch:

    The despot’s heel is on thy shore,
    His torch is at thy temple door,
    Avenge the patriotic gore
    That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
    And be the battle-queen of yore,
    Maryland! my Maryland!
    James Ryder Randall (1839–1908)

    Thou Fair-haired Angel of the Evening,
    Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
    Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
    Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
    William Blake (1757–1827)

    It is the sinner’s dust-tongued bell claps me to churches
    When, with his torch and hourglass, like a sulphur priest,
    His beast heel cleft in a sandal....
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)