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tor·rent

 (tôr′ənt, tŏr′-)
n.
1. A turbulent, swift-flowing stream.
2. A heavy downpour; a deluge.
3. A heavy, uncontrolled flow: a torrent of insults; torrents of information.

[Latin torrēns, torrent-, from present participle of torrēre, to burn; see ters- in Indo-European roots.]

torrent

(ˈtɒrənt)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a fast, voluminous, or violent stream of water or other liquid
2. an overwhelming flow of thoughts, words, sound, etc
3. (Computer Science) computing a file that controls the transfer of data in a BitTorrent system. See BitTorrent
adj
rare like or relating to a torrent
[C17: from French, from Latin torrēns (noun), from torrēns (adjective) burning, from torrēre to burn]

tor•rent

(ˈtɔr ənt, ˈtɒr-)

n.
1. a stream of water flowing with great rapidity and violence.
2. a rushing or abundant stream of anything.
3. a violent downpour of rain.
adj.
4. torrential.
[1595–1605; < Latin torrent-, s. of torrēns seething, literally, burning, present participle of torrēre to burn]

Torrent

 an overflowing river, hence, a rapid flood.
Examples: torrent of abuse, 1784; of eloquence; of ivy, 1864; of lace, 1880; of lava, 1858; of notes, 1826; of oaths; of passions, 1647; of rain, 1806; of smoke, 1821; of vices; of wind, 1782; of words.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.torrent - a heavy raintorrent - a heavy rain        
rain, rainfall - water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
2.torrent - a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid)torrent - a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid); "the houses were swept away in the torrent"
current, stream - a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"; "the hose ejected a stream of water"
3.torrent - an overwhelming number or amounttorrent - an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
good deal, great deal, hatful, lot, muckle, passel, peck, mickle, mint, quite a little, slew, spate, tidy sum, wad, stack, raft, mountain, pile, plenty, mass, batch, heap, deal, flock, pot, mess, sight - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"

torrent

noun
1. stream, flow, rush, flood, tide, spate, cascade, gush, effusion, inundation A torrent of water rushed into the reservoir.
2. downpour, flood, shower, deluge, rainstorm The rain came down in torrents.
3. outburst, stream, barrage, hail, spate, outpouring, effusion He directed a torrent of abuse at me.

torrent

noun
An abundant, usually overwhelming flow or fall, as of a river or rain:
Chiefly British: spate.
Translations
سَيْل، وابِل
přívalproud
skybrudskylle
stríîur straumur
pilantis kaip iš kibiro
straume
selşiddetli akıntı

torrent

[ˈtɒrənt] N (lit, fig) → torrente m
it rained in torrentsllovía a cántaros
a torrent of abuseun torrente de insultos, una sarta de injurias

torrent

[ˈtɒrənt] n
[water] → torrent m
The rain came down in torrents → Il pleuvait à torrent., Il pleuvait à torrents.
a torrent of abuse → un torrent d'insultes

torrent

n (= river)reißender Strom; (fig, of lava) → Strom m; (of words, insults)Sturzbach m, → Schwall m, → Flut f; the rain came down in torrentsder Regen kam in wahren Sturzbächen herunter; a torrent of abuseein Schwall mvon Beschimpfungen

torrent

[ˈtɒrnt] n (also fig) → torrente m
we got caught in a torrent of rain → una pioggia torrenziale ci ha sorpresi

torrent

(ˈtorənt) noun
a rushing stream. The rain fell in torrents; She attacked him with a torrent of abuse.
torrential (təˈrenʃəl) adjective
of, or like, a torrent. torrential rain; The rain was torrential.
References in classic literature ?
As they turned into the avenue leading to the house, a whole choir of feathered songsters fluted a sudden torrent of melodious greeting from their leafy hiding places.
It came extravagantly, for every canyon had grown into a torrent, every gulch a waterspout, every watercourse a river, and all pouring into the North Fork, that, rushing past the settlement, seemed to threaten it with lifted crest and flying mane.
The moment that he did so, there came what seemed a tumultuous rush of new life, other life than his own pouring like a torrent into his heart, and hurrying through all his veins, as if the mother and the child were communicating their vital warmth to his half-torpid system.
I mention this peaceful spot with all possible laud for it is in such little retired Dutch valleys, found here and there embosomed in the great State of New York, that population, manners, and customs remain fixed, while the great torrent of migration and improvement, which is making such incessant changes in other parts of this restless country, sweeps by them unobserved.
A confluent small-pox had in all directions flowed over his face, and left it like the complicated ribbed bed of a torrent, when the rushing waters have been dried up.
So that when at last the jerking harpoon drew out, and the towing whale sideways vanished; then, with the tapering force of his parting momentum, we glided between two whales into the innermost heart of the shoal, as if from some mountain torrent we had slid into a serene valley lake.
A torrent of sparks swept all the way across the building, overwhelming everything, hiding it from sight; and then Jurgis looked through the fingers of his hands, and saw pouring out of the caldron a cascade of living, leaping fire, white with a whiteness not of earth, scorching the eyeballs.
A limpid torrent goes whistling down the glen, and toward the foot of it winds through a narrow cleft between lofty precipices and hurls itself over a succession of falls.
Clad in her best, Rebecca had gone to take tea with the Cobbs; but while crossing the bridge she was suddenly overcome by the beauty of the river and leaned over the newly painted rail to feast her eyes on the dashing torrent of the fall.
Elinor could no longer witness this torrent of unresisted grief in silence.
That beck itself was then a torrent, turbid and curbless: it tore asunder the wood, and sent a raving sound through the air, often thickened with wild rain or whirling sleet; and for the forest on its banks, THAT showed only ranks of skeletons.
Hindley lavished on her a torrent of scornful abuse, and bade her get to her room immediately, or she shouldn't cry for nothing