torch definition, meaning - what is torch in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “torch”

See all translations

torch

noun uk   /tɔːtʃ/  us   /tɔːrtʃ/
B2 [C] UK (US flashlight) a small light that is held in the hand and usually gets its power from batteries: She flashed/shone the torch into the dark room. [C] a thick stick with material that burns tied to the top of it, used to give light: a flaming/blazing torchliterary Many buildings were put to the torch (= burned intentionally) during the riots. [S] approving used as a symbol of a political movement or idea that has an important positive influence: the torch of socialism
More examples

torch

verb [T] uk   /tɔːtʃ/  us   /tɔːrtʃ/
to burn a building or other large thing, intentionally and usually illegally: They smashed a side door to get in and then torched the warehouse when they had taken what they wanted.
(Definition of torch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of torch?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “torch” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

Morse code

a system used for sending messages, in which letters and numbers are represented by short and long marks, sounds, or flashes of light

Word of the Day

The language of elections

by Liz Walter,
April 22, 2015
On May 7th, citizens of the UK will be going to the polls (having an election) to decide who will form the next government. This kind of election is known as a general election. The country is divided into 650 areas, called constituencies. Each constituency elects a member of parliament (MP) to

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Cannabidiol oil that comes from industrial hemp plants, which is what is infused into our e-juice, is 100 per cent legal.

Read More