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1. the trunk of the human body
2. a statue of a nude human trunk, esp without the head or limbs
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(1) In anatomy, the trunk of the human body without head and limbs.

(2) In the visual arts, a sculptural representation of the human trunk. Classical torsos are parts of ancient statues that have been preserved. Since the second half of the 19th century the torso has often been depicted as an independent genre, making it possible to represent the musculature of the human body more distinctly.

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A spiral column, in Medieval and Renaissance architecture.
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Caroline Copeland's torso retains a regal calm as her turns and jumps race to Handel's music in the New York Baroque Dance Company's production of Terpsicore.
Almost in a caricature of Lacanian psychoanalysis, the two bathrooms, the emblematic markers of gender difference, seem to govern all the oppositions, yet each binary is broken down, rendered ambiguous: male and female, human and inhuman, are combined in the grotesque torsos; public and private come into contact in the Times pages and through the bathroom doors; and sacred and profane collide in the crucifix scene.
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Because the key to reducing whiplash injury risk in rear-end crashes is to keep an occupant's head and torso moving together, the redesigned seats and head restraints are intended to reduce the differential motion of the head and torso.
DETECTIVES last night released this photograph of a woman whose torso was found on a riverbank - only weeks after another grisly discovery in the same area.
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