Definition of torque in English:


Line breaks: torque
Pronunciation: /tɔːk


1 [mass noun] Mechanics A force that tends to cause rotation: the three-litre engine has lots of torque [count noun]: during the excitation of each phase the motor produces equal positive and negative torques
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  • A key element in these force and torque balances is the hydrodynamic shear force and torque that the cell experiences when stationary on a planar surface.
  • The most important joint-loading conditions that increased the force on the PCL graft were a varus moment and a coupled posterior drawer force and external rotation torque.
  • It is in this aquatic environment that the infant first encounters buoyant lift, gravitational pull and torque rotation.
2 variant spelling of torc.


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Apply torque or a twisting force to (an object): he gently torqued the hip joint
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  • This is partly because the hip must be dislocated and, thus, the vein will be torqued and twisted to prepare the femur for the implant.
  • The unique design of the bow requires that the bow actually be torqued or twisted in full draw to make the arrow fly straight 4.
  • Instead of the super-duper twist ending M.Night has become famous for, this picture is gently torqued throughout its length, creating a very smooth viewing experience.


late 19th century: from Latin torquere 'to twist'.



adjective (torquier, torquiest)
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  • It is astoundingly powerful with all the brute force any driver could require, but it does not feel as torquey as the old motor, mainly because it isn't, down 40Nm at the same 4,500 rpm.
  • Of the two, Vel Satis feels sharper, sportier, encouraging full use of the 3.5 litre V6 or torquey 3.0 V6 turbo diesel.
  • It is also bigger, more powerful, more torquey, faster, more practical - thanks to the seven seats - more economical and considerably cheaper.

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