• (America) IPA: /tɔː(ɹ)k/, /tɔɹk/
  • (RP) IPA: /tɔːk/


  1. (physics, mechanics) A rotational or twisting effect of a force; a moment of force, defined for measurement purposes as an equivalent straight line force multiplied by the distance from the axis of rotation (SI unit newton metre or Nm; imperial unit [ pound-foot] or lb·ft, not to be confused with the foot pound-force, commonly "foot-pound", a unit of work or energy)
    • 1978, James Richard Wertz, Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control, Springer, page 17 ↗:
      The relative strengths of the various torques will depend on both the spacecraft environment and the form and structure of the spacecraft itself.
Related terms Translations
  • French: couple
  • German: Drehmoment
  • Italian: coppia
  • Portuguese: torque
  • Russian: моме́нт си́лы
  • Spanish: par de torsión, par motor, momento de fuerza, par de fuerzas, par

torque (torques, present participle torquing; past and past participle torqued)

  1. To twist or turn something.

torque (plural torques)

  1. A tightly braided necklace or collar, often made of metal, worn by various early European peoples.

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