One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he clicked on the torch and a weak beam shone forth’
lamp, light, flashlight, beacon
rare illuminant, flambeau
2‘he held a wolf at bay using a flaming torch’
lantern, candle, taper
historical link, cresset
1‘one of the shacks had been torched’
burn, set fire to, set on fire, set light to, set alight, incinerate, ignite, kindle, put a match to, set a match to, light, start, touch off
reduce to ashes, destroy by fire
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