tor·​rent | \ ˈtȯr-ənt How to pronounce torrent (audio) , ˈtär- \

Definition of torrent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tumultuous outpouring : rush
2 : a violent stream of a liquid (such as water or lava)
3 : a channel of a mountain stream



Definition of torrent (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of torrent in a Sentence

Noun The storm turned the stream into a raging torrent. The rain came down in torrents.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her torrent of words was like a personal and literary manifesto. Martha Ackmann, The Atlantic, "The Encounter That Revealed a Different Side of Emily Dickinson," 23 June 2020 This is the same hope that will usher us all through the tumultuous torrent that is the terror of this uncertainty. Michael Heim, al, "Michael Heim, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School," 19 June 2020 His primary job involves painting rooms and moving furniture at a large hotel in Panama City Beach, Florida, a tourist destination that recently reopened and immediately received a torrent of visitors. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, "America Owes More to Its “Essential” Immigrant Workers," 19 June 2020 According to Salazar, the former deputy also released a torrent of racial slurs, including the n-word, against an African American detention sergeant. Brian Chasnoff,, "Arbitrators excuse allegations of racism in police," 19 June 2020 The torrent began anew on Tuesday, May 26th, when people began sending her articles about George Floyd. Victor Luckerson, The New Yorker, "Tulsa’s Hopeful Anger," 16 June 2020 The Facebook post came five hours after the cancellation agreement was signed and resulted in a torrent of angry reactions on social media that vilified the event space, The Hall on Dragon. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "Breast cancer nonprofit, event space dispute over $13,000 deposit after COVID-related gala cancellation," 16 June 2020 That includes a torrent of images and stories that have been shocking to some—but painfully unsurprising to others. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "#ShutDownSTEM asks researchers to work on racism today, instead," 10 June 2020 During the 2018 Texas Senate race, Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s defense of football players taking a knee brought him national attention and a record torrent of cash. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Cruz engages in flame war with ‘Hellboy,’ in tweetstorm that spotlights peddler of ‘Pizzagate’ hoax," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of torrent


1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for torrent


Middle French, from Latin torrent-, torrens, from torrent-, torrens, adjective, burning, seething, rushing, from present participle of torrēre to parch, burn — more at thirst

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The first known use of torrent was in 1582

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3 Jul 2020

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“Torrent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce torrent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of torrent

: a large amount of water that moves very quickly in one direction
: a large amount of something that is released suddenly


tor·​rent | \ ˈtȯr-ənt How to pronounce torrent (audio) \

Kids Definition of torrent

1 : a rushing stream of liquid
2 : a large amount of something especially that is released suddenly a torrent of rain The mice came out in a torrent.— Robert McCloskey, Homer Price

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