"torches" in the noun sense
a light usually carried in the hand consists of some flammable substance
2. common mullein, great mullein, Aaron's rod, flannel mullein, woolly mullein, torch, Verbascum thapsus
tall-stalked very woolly mullein with densely packed yellow flowers ancient Greeks and Romans dipped the stalks in tallow for funeral torches
3. flashlight, torch
a small portable battery-powered electric lamp
4. blowtorch, torch, blowlamp
a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame
"torches" in the verb sense
burn maliciously, as by arson
"The madman torched the barns"
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