torque [tôrk]
[< L torques (infl. in senses 2 & 3 by torquere): see TORQUES]
1. a twisted metal collar or necklace worn by ancient Teutons, Gauls, Britons, etc.
2. Physics a measure of the tendency of a force to cause rotation, equal to the force multiplied by the perpendicular distance between the line of action of the force and the center of rotation: abbrev. T
3. popularly the force that acts to produce rotation, as in an automotive vehicle
torqued, torquing
to give or impart torque to; cause to turn or twist

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  • Torque — Torque, n. [L. torques a twisted neck chain, fr. torquere to twist.] 1. A collar or neck chain, usually twisted, especially as worn by ancient barbaric nations, as the Gauls, Germans, and Britons. [1913 Webster] 2. [L. torquere to twist.] (Mech.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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