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torse

[tawrs] /tɔrs/
noun, Heraldry.
1.
a wreath of twisted silks of two alternating tinctures, usually a metal and a color, depicted supporting a crest or coronet, often upon a helmet.
Origin of torse
1565-1575
1565-75; < Middle French: wreath, noun use of feminine of tors twisted < Late Latin torsus (past participle), for Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre to twist
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  • This fillet is the commonest crest support, and the others, chapeau or coronet, are themselves sometimes set upon a torse.

  • "torse I will;" and he was proudly carried off by his faithful bearer.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • The peculiarity in this case consisted of a torse of three tinctures.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • On a helmet and torse, issuing out of a cloud argent, a sinister arm proper, holding a salt as the former.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • Crest: a soldan's head sable, around the temples a torse azure, tied in a knot, the ends flowing.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • The crest, a sinister arm in armour, grasping a broken lance, on a torse of the colours.

  • An osculating plane of the curve (see 38 below) is a tangent plane of the torse all along a generating line.

  • The torse (or wreath surmounting the helm) occasionally figures as a charge, for example, in the arms of Jocelyn and Joslin.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • The torse is now supposed to be and represented as a skein of coloured silk intertwined with a gold or silver cord.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • The crest (a talbot's head silver) issues from a coronet or, which is placed upon a torse argent and sable.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

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