Word of the Day Archive
Sunday July 17, 2011
1. The moment of a force that tends to cause rotation.
2. The measured ability of a rotating element, as of a gear or shaft, to overcome turning resistance.
3. A collar, necklace, or similar ornament consisting of a twisted narrow band, usually of precious metal, worn especially by the ancient Gauls and Britons.
It's as if they're generating such strength within - such torque - that it's causing their eyes to act weird.
-- Rick Bass, The Hermit's Story: Stories
In order to obtain a fluid motion during operation, the torque applied during the downward motion of the crosspiece needs to approximate the torque created during its upswing.
-- Amy Rost, Survival Wisdom & Know-How: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive
Torque enters English from the Latin torquere, "to twist."