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Sunday, July 17, 2011

torque

\TAWRK\ , noun;
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.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Torque enters English from the Latin torquere, "to twist."
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