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Definition of "torque" []

  • The moment of a force; the measure of a force's tendency to produce torsion and rotation about an axis, equal to the vector product of the radius vector from the axis of rotation to the point of application of the force and the force vector. (noun)
  • A turning or twisting force. (noun)
  • To impart torque to. (verb-transitive)
  • A collar, a necklace, or an armband made of a strip of twisted metal, worn by the ancient Gauls, Germans, and Britons. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "torque" in a sentence
  • "The correct wheel nut torque is important because it avoids damage to the vehicle and allows the wheel to be removed."
  • "This means firstly that one rod would have to push a very large T-shape, and secondly that the friction of the T-shape against its guide walls which prevent it from rotating instead of moving forwards would be very high — torque is force times length, and the width of the T is the length in that equation resulting in high friction."
  • "Electric motors are known for producing full torque from a stop, unlike gasoline engines, which have to rev up."