Definition of torso in US English:



  • 1The trunk of the human body.

    • ‘Almost all of my torso and lower body had been numb in the first place, so the result was merely a dull ache.’
    • ‘There was a loud crack, and Gekido's entire body, from the torso up, bent side ways.’
    • ‘The great player had an extraordinary body, a powerful torso atop thin legs.’
    • ‘Suddenly a clenching pain in his lower torso seared throughout his body, stopping him just short of his target.’
    • ‘Alex fired madly at Gabriel's body, piercing his torso, legs, and arms multiple times.’
    • ‘Todd and his team found the mechanisms behind the visual effect by analyzing a 3 - D picture of a human torso.’
    • ‘Tom swayed on his backswing because his hands drifted too far away from his body, pulling his torso with them.’
    • ‘The dull pains that occur in a partially obstructed viscus seem often to be worse with the torso fully extended.’
    • ‘It covered all of the lower torso and upper lower body, and cut back into a curve across the legs opposite the shoulder strap.’
    • ‘While the couple's bodies do not seem as tall and elongated as runway models, their slim slouching torsos fit the body ideal of contemporary advertising campaigns.’
    • ‘The key to Stewart's success is the quick thrust he gets with his torso and upper body as he tries to rush past a defender.’
    • ‘She tiredly stretched her arms towards the sky and turned her torso to loosen her body up.’
    • ‘The bar remains close to her body as her torso lowers, providing a greater stretch through the hamstrings.’
    • ‘The royal family are shown with elongated skulls and pear-shaped bodies with skinny torsos and arms but fuller hips, stomachs and thighs.’
    • ‘Cross your arms over your chest, squeeze your glutes and slowly raise your torso until your body forms a straight line.’
    • ‘The PASGT Vest is a front opening design which protects the upper torso of the body.’
    • ‘The trunk of the android was as identical to that of a human torso in metal armor as it could be, only it had a type of battery pack attached to its back.’
    • ‘Your neck is the vital connecting corridor between the most important parts of your body, your head and your torso.’
    • ‘The rash began on his back but spread to his torso and extremities.’
    • ‘Any time you do dips you're working your whole torso, your upper trunk and your arms at the same time.’
    trunk, chest, stomach, middle
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    1. 1.1 The trunk of a statue without, or considered independently of, the head and limbs.
      • ‘The background is a crowd consisting of heads, heads and shoulders, and partial torsos, painted in white, gray, and black.’
      • ‘In each square, two or three precise, sinuous lines evoke either a torso, bent legs or shoulders.’
      • ‘This sculpture describes the torso of a female in a standing position.’
      • ‘Among the terracottas found there, were Buddha heads, torsos of bodies and pieces of drapery belongings to Buddha figures of monks and laymen and women profusely decorated.’
      • ‘The image is of an upper torso of a girl who wears a yellow t-shirt with ‘I am a girl’ inscribed on it.’
      • ‘The gigantic, colourful idols are made with straw and clay, starting with the making of straw figurines for the torso.’
      • ‘All glimmering with light, some read as striated landscapes, others as fragmented torsos.’
      • ‘The suggested torso of the sculpture is full of holes, cracked and imparting a sense of sadness.’
      • ‘In other works, bare-backed torsos hold slightly different poses, arms akimbo, hanging or folded, head turned slightly this way or that.’
      • ‘Casts have also been made of other parts of the human body, for instance, limbs or torsos, for use as models by sculptors who work in stone or other materials.’
      • ‘Here, the standing figure of the group is presented as Orpheus, while the torso of the dying youth is disguised as an attendant lion.’
      • ‘Crudely outlined heads and torsos are presented in simple, frontal poses and often resemble classical statuary more than living men.’
      • ‘The quiet square evokes the classical arcades and statuary of antiquity (the sculpture is a torso of Aphrodite).’
      • ‘Women were shown with rounded torsos and broad hips and men were heavily muscled, showing the influence of antique statues.’
      • ‘Bronze idol of Ganapathi, with finely proportioned torsos and exquisitely designed limbs is a cynosure of all eyes.’
      • ‘More successful as independent works was a pair of flour-sack-shaped beeswax torsos, placed in corners of the gallery, bearing male and female characteristics.’
      • ‘Woman, symbolized by the torso, is always represented fragmented, cinched or bound.’
      • ‘Black cloth outlines the space of the work with cast sculptures of pregnant torsos hanging from the ceiling.’
      • ‘Here, five figures made of light gray bronze have bald heads and slender arms and torsos.’
      • ‘He was involved in Arte Povera and Happenings, for example, and in 1980 he began making over-life-size heads and torsos carved in polyurethane or marble.’
      sculpture, carving, effigy, three-dimensional representation
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    2. 1.2 An unfinished or mutilated thing, especially a work of art or literature.
      ‘the Requiem torso was preceded by the cantata’


Late 18th century: from Italian, literally ‘stalk, stump’, from Latin thyrsus (see thyrsus).