- 1A strong and fast-moving stream of water or other liquid: rain poured down in torrents after the rains, the stream becomes a raging torrentMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 (a torrent of/torrents of) An overwhelming outpouring of (something, typically words): she was subjected to a torrent of abuseMore example sentences
- 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.
late 16th century: from French, from Italian torrente, from Latin torrent- 'boiling, roaring', from torrere 'parch, scorch'.