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torque

Definition:

a twisting force

Class:

phenomenon noun (natural phenomena)

Plural:

torques

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

torsion

Etymology:

"rotating force", from Latin torquere "to twist". The verb is attested from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Torque | moment | moment of force

the tendency of a force to rotate an object about an axis, fulcrum, or pivot. Just as a force is a push or a pull, a torque can be thought of as a twist to an object. Mathematically, torque is defined as the cross product of the lever-arm distance and ... (50 of 3512 words, 5 images)

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Torque (disambiguation)

a vector that measures the tendency of a force to rotate an object about some axis. Torque can also refer to: Torque (film), a 2004 film | Torque (TV character), a character from the television series A Man Called Sloane, portrayed by Ji-Tu Cumbuka | ... (43 of 193 words, 14 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

torque [physics] | Moment Of A Force [synonym]

in physics, the tendency of a force to rotate the body to which it's applied. The torque, specified with regard to the axis of rotation, is equal to ... (28 of 156 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/600049​/torque

torque [jewelry]

in jewelry, metal collar, neck ring, or armband consisting of a bar or ribbon of twisted metal curved into a loop, the ends of which are fashioned ... (27 of 148 words, 1 image)

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Wiktionary:

torque | torques [plural] | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle] | torcs [plural] | torc [sense-specific] | tork [sense-specific] | torq [sense-specific]

[physics, mechanics] A rotational or twisting effect of a force; a moment of force, defined for measurement purposes as an ... | To twist or turn something. | A tightly braided necklace or collar, often made of metal, worn by various early European ... (41 of 97 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/torque

Collins Dictionary:

torque | torc [synonym, sense-specific]

a necklace or armband made of twisted metal, worn especially by the ancient Britons and Gauls | any force or system of forces that causes or tends to ... (27 of 423 words, 3 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/torque

Columbia Encyclopedia:

torque

in physics, that which tends to change the rate of rotation of a body; also called the moment of force. The torque produced by rotating parts of an ... (28 of 192 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0849088​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

torque | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle] | torques [3rd-person singular present] | torquer [noun, related] | torquey [adjective, related]

The moment of a force; the measure of a force's tendency to produce torsion ... | A turning or twisting force. | To impart torque to. | A collar, a ... (27 of 119 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/torque

Random House Dictionary:

torque | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle] | torc [sense-specific]

[mechanics] something that produces or tends to produce torsion or rotation; the moment of a force or system of forces tending to cause rotation. | ... (24 of 111 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/torque

New World Dictionary:

torque | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle] | T [abbreviation, sense-specific]

a twisted metal collar or necklace worn by ancient Teutons, Gauls, Britons, etc. | [physics] a measure of the tendency of a force to cause rotation, ... (25 of 90 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/torque

Oxford Dictionary:

torque | torquier [comparative] | torquiest [superlative] | torquey [derived]

[mechanics] : a force that tends to cause rotation | variant spelling of "torc". | apply torque or a twisting force to (an object) (22 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/torque

Merriam-Webster:

torque [entry 1, noun]

a usually metal collar or neck chain worn by the ancient Gauls, Germans, and Britons (15 of 42 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/torque

torque [entry 2, noun]

a force that produces or tends to produce rotation or torsion ; also, a ... | a turning or twisting force (20 of 79 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/torque show=1

torque [entry 3, verb] | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle] | torquer [noun, related]

to impart torque to; cause to twist (as about an axis) (11 of 26 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/torque show=2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

torque [uncountable, physics]

the force that causes something to turn around a central point (11 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/torque

Cambridge Dictionary:

torque [specialized]

a force which causes something to rotate (turn in a circle) (11 of 18 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/torque

Encarta Dictionary:

torque [entry 1] | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle] | torques [3rd-person singular present]

force that causes twisting or turning, e.g. the force generated by an internal-combustion engine to turn a vehicle's drive shaft | the measurement of ... (23 of 106 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861720993​/definition​.html  [offline]

torque [entry 2] | torques [plural] | torc: torcs [plural] | torcs [plural] | torc

a metal collar or armband worn by the ancient Gauls and Britons (12 of 41 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861720994​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

torque

First use: 1884

Origin: "rotating force", from Latin torquere "to twist". The verb is attested from 1954. The word also is used (since 1834) by antiquarians and others ... (25 of 57 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=torque

American Heritage Dictionary:

torque | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle] | torques [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Latin torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots. | French, from Old French, from Latin torquēs, from ... (18 of 26 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

torque | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle]

Origin: Latin torques (influenced in senses 2 and 3 by torquere): see "torques"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/torque

Collins Dictionary:

torque

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Latin torquēs necklace, and torquēre to twist

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/torque

Oxford Dictionary:

torque | torquier [comparative] | torquiest [superlative]

First use: late 19th century

Origin: Latin torquere "to twist"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/torque

Wiktionary:

torque | torques [plural] | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle]

Origin: Latin torqueō. | Latin torquis

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/torque

Merriam-Webster:

torque [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1695

Origin: French, from Latin torques, from torquēre to twist

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/torque

torque [entry 2, noun]

First use: about 1884

Origin: Latin torquēre to twist

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/torque show=1

Encarta Dictionary:

torque [entry 1] | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle] | torques [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Late 19th century

Origin: Latin torquere "to twist"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861720993​/definition​.html  [offline]

torque [entry 2] | torques [plural] | torc: torcs [plural] | torcs [plural]

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: French from Latin torques

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861720994​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

torque

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "torque"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/torque

Macmillan British Dictionary:

torque [uncountable, physics]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "torque"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/torque

Macmillan American Dictionary:

torque [uncountable, physics]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "torque"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/torque

Cambridge Dictionary:

torque [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "torque"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "torque"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/torque

the Free Dictionary:

torque

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Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "torque"

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Google Dictionary:

torque | torques [plural] | torqued [past tense] | torquing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "torque"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

torque

Audio: North American pronunciation of "torque"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=torque​01 word=torque

YourDictionary Audio:

torque

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "torque" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

torque

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "torque" by speech synthesizer

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