tor·​rent | \ˈtȯr-ənt, 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 & Antonyms for torrent

Synonyms: Noun

alluvion, bath, cataclysm, cataract, deluge, flood, flood tide, inundation, Niagara, overflow, spate

Antonyms: Noun

drought (also drouth)

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Examples of torrent in a Sentence


The storm turned the stream into a raging torrent. The rain came down in torrents.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The lawyers also represent Andrew Anglin, the co-founder of the Daily Stormer, who is being sued for harassment by a Montana woman after Daily Stormer followers subjected her to a torrent of anti-Semitic slurs and threats. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Lawyers for Neo-Nazi to Defend Alex Jones in Sandy Hook Case," 2 July 2018 Coolidge’s poetry turned out to be a tangled but streamlined torrent of words, cut loose from sense but never entirely losing sight of it. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sounds and syllables do musical dance at the Other Minds Festival," 10 Apr. 2018 The song is a gripping torrent of fury and resentment, levelled at a cheating lover—and the other woman—but bolstered by moments of sideways levity. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” Is as Studious as It Is Bombastic," 27 Sep. 2017 Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "US auto sales enjoy June increase: Ford, Fiat Chrysler up," 3 July 2018 Amid a torrent of backlash, Trump signed an executive order permitting undocumented adults to remain with their children while in custody, but the fate of many of those already separated remains a mystery. Chris Sommerfeldt, The Seattle Times, "Trump tweets ‘be careful’ warning to Rep. Maxine Waters for suggesting confrontations with aides," 25 June 2018 And Trump's tough talk maybe getting results despite the torrent of ridicule from the critics. Fox News, "Broward County Sheriff's Office responds to criticism," 7 Mar. 2018 The torrents can be blamed on tropical moisture streaming north from the tropical Pacific and colliding with a front draped over the country. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Japan reeling from worst flood in decades: ‘We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before’," 10 July 2018 Those five accusers and Constand herself withstood the torrent of questions and recriminations from the defense. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

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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something that serves to warn or remind

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