Meaning of TORQUE in English

I. noun

or torc ˈtȯrk

Etymology: French, from Latin torques, from torquēre to twist — more at torture

Date: 1695

: a usually metal collar or neck chain worn by the ancient Gauls, Germans, and Britons

II. noun

Etymology: Latin torquēre to twist

Date: circa 1884

1. : a force that produces or tends to produce rotation or torsion

an automobile engine delivers torque to the drive shaft

also : a measure of the effectiveness of such a force that consists of the product of the force and the perpendicular distance from the line of action of the force to the axis of rotation

2. : a turning or twisting force

III. transitive verb

( torqued ; torqu·ing )

Date: 1959

: to impart torque to : cause to twist (as about an axis)

• torqu·er noun

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