an enemy's ship. Torpedo nettings, nettings made of chains or bars, which can be suspended
around a vessel and allowed to sink beneath the surface of the water, as a protection against torpedoes.
(Tor*pe"do), v. t. to destroy by, or subject to the action of, a torpedo. London Spectator.
(Tor"pent) a. [L. torpens, p. pr. of torpere to be numb.] Having no motion or activity; incapable
of motion; benumbed; torpid. [Obs.] Evelyn.
(Tor*pes"cence) n. The quality or state or being torpescent; torpidness; numbness; stupidity.
(Tor*pes"cent) a. [L. torpescens, p. pr. of torpescere to grow stiff, numb, or torpid, incho.
fr. torpere. See Torpid.] Becoming torpid or numb. Shenstone.
(Tor"pid) a. [L. torpidus, fr. torpere to be stiff, numb, or torpid; of uncertain origin.]
1. Having lost motion, or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed; as, a torpid limb.
Without heat all things would be torpid.Ray.
2. Dull; stupid; sluggish; inactive. Sir M. Hale.
(Tor*pid"i*ty) n. Same as Torpidness.
(Tor"pid*ly) adv. In a torpid manner.
(Tor"pid*ness), n. The qualityy or state of being torpid.
(Tor"pi*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Torpified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Torpifying. ] [L. torpere to be torpid
+ -fy.] To make torpid; to numb, or benumb.
(Tor"pi*tude) n. Torpidness. [Obs.] "In a kind of torpitude, or sleeping state." Derham.
(Tor"por) n. [L., from torpere, to be torpid.]
1. Loss of motion, or of the motion; a state of inactivity with partial or total insensibility; numbness.
2. Dullness; sluggishness; inactivity; as, a torpor of the mental faculties.
(Tor`por*if"ic) a. [L. torpor torpor + facere to make.] Tending to produce torpor.
(Tor"quate) a. [L. torquatus wearing a collar.] (Zoöl.) Collared; having a torques, or distinct
colored ring around the neck.
(tor"qua*ted) a. [L. Torqyatus.] Having or wearing a torque, or neck chain.
(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.
2. [L. torquere to twist.] (Mech.) That which tends to produce torsion; a couple of forces. J. Thomson.
3. (Phys. Science) A turning or twisting; tendency to turn, or cause to turn, about an axis.
(Torqued) a. [L. torquere to twist, to turn, to wind.]
1. Wreathed; twisted. [R.]