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[tawr-soh] /ˈtɔr soʊ/
noun, plural torsos, torsi
[tawr-see] /ˈtɔr si/ (Show IPA)
the trunk of the human body.
a sculptured form representing the trunk of a nude female or male figure.
something mutilated or incomplete.
Origin of torso
1715-25; < Italian: stalk, trunk of statue < Latin thyrsus < Greek thýrsos wand, stem Unabridged
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  • But in one category there is a business school that stands head, shoulders, torso and trunk above the rest.
  • The skeleton consists of a virtually complete skull, the entire torso and parts of the arms and legs.
  • To turn, you twist your torso and then simply point forward with one hand to walk in a direction.
  • His intelligent portrayal was marred only by a slight stiffness in the torso.
  • Well-pumped lats and pecs bulge out of a short polo-necked torso.
  • His torso is curved as if swaying to music only he hears.
  • Now imagine being able to rotate your torso as you swing.
  • The torso and hitting arm are positioned to enter the backswing.
  • Admiration goes deeper than sun-kissed wing markings and a jazzy polka-dot torso.
  • The dust kicked up immediately behind its torso on the slope.
British Dictionary definitions for torso


noun (pl) -sos, -si (-sɪ)
the trunk of the human body
a statue of a nude human trunk, esp without the head or limbs
something regarded as incomplete or truncated
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: stalk, stump, from Latin: thyrsus
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Word Origin and History for torso

1797, from Italian torso "trunk of a statue," originally "stalk, stump," from Vulgar Latin *tursus, from Latin thyrsus "stalk, stem," from Greek thyrsos (see thyrsus).

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torso in Medicine

torso tor·so (tôr'sō)
n. pl. tor·sos or tor·si (-sē)
The human body excluding the head and limbs; trunk.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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