torches blazed at intervals, casting a flickering glow on the excited faces of the crowd.
Finally, by the light of torches and lanterns, we saw that we had arrived.
The trees got in their way, and occasionally the torches disappeared under the foliage.
A great crowd, carrying hundreds of torches, was marching into the piazza.
When the decision was known there was great rejoicing and blowing of trumpets, and the lists were illuminated with torches.
For two hours the soldiers had been charging the crowds by the light of lanterns and torches.
All at once a loud noise was heard, and the bottom of the barranca was illumined by a number of torches.
Her face shone whiter than ever in the light of the torches.
The fountain was lit up by torches, and many lamps also were lighted in the garden.
Outdoors, in a circle of torches, the band played merry airs.
late 13c., from Old French torche, originally "twisted thing," hence "torch formed of twisted tow dipped in wax," probably from Vulgar Latin *torca, alteration of Late Latin torqua, variant of classical Latin torques "collar of twisted metal," from torquere "to twist" (see thwart). In Britain, also applied to the battery-driven version (in U.S., flashlight). Torch song is 1927 ("My Melancholy Baby," performed by Tommy Lyman, is said to have been the first so called), from carry a torch "suffer an unrequited love" (also 1927), an obscure notion from Broadway slang.
"set fire to," 1931, from torch (n.). Related: Torched; torching.
The head (1932+)
On the night of his betrayal, when our Lord was in the garden of Gethsemane, Judas, "having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons" (John 18:1-3). Although it was the time of full moon, yet in the valley of the Kidron "there fell great, deep shadows from the declivity of the mountain and projecting rocks; there were there caverns and grottos, into which a fugitive might retreat; finally, there were probably a garden-house and tower, into whose gloom it might be necessary for a searcher to throw light around." Lange's Commentary. (Nahum 2:3, "torches," Revised Version, "steel," probably should be "scythes" for war-chariots.)