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[tawrk] /tɔrk/
torque (def 4). Unabridged
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  • In some of the Irish examples the body of the torc is plain, or was grooved to simulate the appearance of the twisted torc.

  • That was the torc cascade, and, after tea, we set out to walk to it.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • A torc of this type was also found by Schliemann in the royal treasury in the second city of Troy.

  • In later times the torc was the distinguishing ornament of the Celt, and there are many allusions to torcs in classical writers.

  • The scene which this point commands is unrivalled—indeed, torc lake (torc, a wild boar) need fear no comparison.

    Killarney Mary Gorges
  • Denoting the agent: thomhaiseadh le Diarmid an torc, the boar was measured by Diarmid.

    Elements of Gaelic Grammar Alexander Stewart
  • Gale describes a torc found near Old Verulam in 1748, as "a wreathed or vermicular ornament, being a solid chain of gold."

  • Another type, later in date than the torc, is the gold ring-shaped collar.

    The Glories of Ireland Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
British Dictionary definitions for torc


another spelling of torque (sense 1)
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