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 (tô-rĕn′shəl, tə-)
1. Resembling, flowing in, or forming torrents: torrential mountain streams; a torrential downpour.
2. Resulting from the action of fast-flowing streams: torrential erosion.
3. Flowing or surging abundantly; wild: torrential applause.

tor·ren′tial·ly adv.
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(tɒˈrɛnʃəl; tə-) or


1. of or relating to a torrent
2. pouring or flowing fast, violently, or heavily: torrential rain.
3. abundant, overwhelming, or irrepressible: torrential abuse.
torˈrentially adv
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(tɔˈrɛn ʃəl, toʊ-, tə-)

1. pertaining to or having the nature of a torrent.
2. resembling a torrent in rapidity or violence.
3. falling in torrents: torrential rains.
4. produced by the action of a torrent.
5. violent or impassioned.
tor•ren′tial•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.torrential - relating to or resulting from the action of a torrenttorrential - relating to or resulting from the action of a torrent; "torrential erosion"; "torrential adaptations seen in some aquatic forms"
2.torrential - resembling a torrent in force and abundancetorrential - resembling a torrent in force and abundance; "torrential applause"; "torrential abuse"; "the torrential facility and fecundity characteristic of his style"- Winthrop Sargeant
uncontrolled - not being under control; out of control; "the greatest uncontrolled health problem is AIDS"; "uncontrolled growth"
3.torrential - pouring in abundancetorrential - pouring in abundance; "torrential rains"
abundant - present in great quantity; "an abundant supply of water"
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adjective heavy, relentless, severe, teeming, copious Torrential rain left thousands stranded last night.
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غَزير، كالسَّيْل
straumharîur, fossandi, helli-
sel gibişiddetli


[tɒˈrenʃəl] ADJtorrencial
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[təˈrɛnʃəl] adj [rain] → torrentiel(le)
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adj rainsintflutartig
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[tɒˈrɛnʃl] adjtorrenziale
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
He hated it because he connected it with the chill and discomfort of the torrential rains, and he feared it for the thunder and lightning and wind which accompanied them.
As darkness settled a heavy rain set in, and there was nothing for the baffled ape-man to do but wait in the partial shelter of a huge tree until morning; but the coming of dawn brought no cessation of the torrential downpour.
Into this torrential sewer had unthinkable generations of ulsios pushed their few handsful of dirt in the excavating of their vast labyrinth.
Rising, the ape-man placed a foot upon the body of his vanquished foe, raised his face toward the thundering heavens, and as the lightning flashed and the torrential rain broke upon him, screamed forth the wild victory cry of the bull ape.
The wind howled about her, the torrential rain beat loudly upon her, but except for a slight rocking the ship lay quiet.
And over all that torrential confusion of men and purposes fluttered that strange flag, the stars and stripes, that meant at once the noblest thing in life, and the least noble, that is to say, Liberty on the one hand, and on the other the base jealousy the individual self-seeker feels towards the common purpose of the State.
He was no man of action; he was not even an orator of torrential eloquence, sweeping the masses along in the rushing noise and foam of a great enthusiasm.
He gave the admonition following the torrential rainfall in the state that resulted in the overflow of Osun River, as a result of which some areas within the state capital were flooded.
SIALKOT -- Widespread torrential rain lashed the entire Sialkot region, causing multiple problems for people of people, especially the residents of low-lying areas.
He shared these views on Thursday while visiting Killi Khudaedadzai Dam Pishin which has been damaged in recent torrential rains added provincial government has been working to find new reservoirs of water, "The Khudaedadzai Dam has been badly damaged in recent torrential rains but government has embarked work to re-construct the dam in order to meet water need.
PESHAWAR -- At least 10 people died while 29 others were injured during the five days of torrential rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), stated a report released on Monday by the provincial disaster management body on the devastation wrought by the monsoon rains.
PESHAWAR -- At least 10 persons have been killed while 29 others received wounds during five-day torrential rains in the province, said a report pertaining devastations statistics issued by Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) here Monday.