Definition of torrent in English:


Syllabification: tor·rent
Pronunciation: /ˈtôrənt
, ˈtärənt


1A strong and fast-moving stream of water or other liquid: rain poured down in torrents after the winter rains, the stream becomes a raging torrent
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  • Artemis kept the torrent of water streaming towards the animal but it did no good in slowing it down.
  • People talked about hundreds of folks running in terror through the streets trying to escape the raging torrents of waters.
  • Solicitor Paul Cowper and his family endured a gruelling seven hours trapped on a balcony, surrounded by torrents of raging water in Sri Lanka.
flood, deluge, inundation, spate, cascade, cataract, rush, stream, current, flow, overflow, tide
1.1 (a torrent of or torrents of) A sudden, violent, and copious outpouring of (something, typically words or feelings): she was subjected to a torrent of abuse banks plowed torrents of money into the booming stock and property markets
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  • He's a very bright young man whose ideas come spilling out of him - on paper or on the phone - in a torrent of words.
  • Malcolm heard a torrent of foreign words as the girl tried to calm the child, then a bustle as she laid him down.
  • It points, like an arrow, to the one word that stops her from hurling a torrent of abuse at him.
outburst, outpouring, stream, flood, volley, barrage, tide, spate


late 16th century: from French, from Italian torrente, from Latin torrent- 'boiling, roaring', from torrere 'parch, scorch'.

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