torque


torque
torque (n.) "rotating force," 1884, from L. torquere "to twist" (see THWART (Cf. thwart)). The verb is attested from 1954. The word also is used (since 1834) by antiquarians and others as a term for the twisted metal necklace worn anciently by Gauls, Britons, Germans, etc., from L. torques in this sense. Earlier it had been called in English torques (1690s).

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  • torque — [ tɔrk ] n. m. et f. • XIIIe ; lat. torques → torche 1 ♦ N. m. Archéol. Collier métallique rigide des Gaulois, puis des soldats romains. 2 ♦ N. f. (1419) Techn. Rouleau de fil de fer. ♢ (1690) Blas. Bourrelet d étoffe tortillée figurant le cimier …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Torque — Torque, n. [L. torques a twisted neck chain, fr. torquere to twist.] 1. A collar or neck chain, usually twisted, especially as worn by ancient barbaric nations, as the Gauls, Germans, and Britons. [1913 Webster] 2. [L. torquere to twist.] (Mech.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • torque — 1. (tor k ) s. f. 1°   Terme de blason. Bourrelet d étoffe tortillée, des deux principaux émaux de l écu, lequel se place quelquefois pour cimier sur le heaume qui couronne les armoiries. 2°   Botte de fil de laiton pliée en cercle. ÉTYMOLOGIE… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • torque — ► NOUN Mechanics ▪ a force that tends to cause rotation. ► VERB ▪ apply torque to. DERIVATIVES torquey adjective. ORIGIN from Latin torquere to twist …   English terms dictionary

  • torque — [tôrk] n. [< L torques (infl. in senses 2 & 3 by torquere): see TORQUES] 1. a twisted metal collar or necklace worn by ancient Teutons, Gauls, Britons, etc. 2. Physics a measure of the tendency of a force to cause rotation, equal to the force… …   English World dictionary

  • torque — [to:k US to:rk] n [U] [Date: 1800 1900; : Latin; Origin: torquere to twist ] technical the force or power that makes something turn around a central point, especially in an engine …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • torque — [ tɔrk ] noun uncount TECHNICAL the force that causes something to turn around a central point …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Torque — Le nom est porté dans le Nord Pas de Calais, mais on le rencontre aussi dans le domaine occitan (87, 07), où il faut sans doute le rattacher au verbe torcar (= frotter, nettoyer). Pour le nord de la France, on peut faire le même rapprochement,… …   Noms de famille

  • torque — s. m. 1. Bracelete ou colar, geralmente de ouro, usado por povos antigos. 2.  [Física] Tendência de uma força para rodar um objeto em torno de um eixo.   ‣ Etimologia: latim torques ou torquis, is, colar …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Torque — For other uses, see Torque (disambiguation). Classical mechanics Newton s Second Law …   Wikipedia


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