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

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

What has punctuated perhaps the greatest World Cup ever - besides the torrent of late goals and riveting affairs — has been the refreshing look of the semifinals. Steven Goff,, "'Hard-working, compact, united and well-organized': The World Cup's surprising final four," 8 July 2018 Facing a torrent of criticism over its failure to prevent foreign interference during the 2016 election, the giant social network recently adopted new rules to make its advertising service harder to exploit. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "A Day Care and a Dog Rescue Benefit: On Facebook, They Were Political Ads," 21 June 2018 After dry, windy conditions and tricky pin placements led to some putts rolling off greens Saturday, the USGA faced a torrent of player criticism between the third and fourth rounds. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Brooks Koepka Wins Back-to-Back U.S. Open Titles," 17 June 2018 Nikias faced a torrent of criticism after The Times’ investigation was published, including online petitions from alumni demanding that USC’s trustees fire him. Anchorage Daily News, "USC president to step down amid growing outrage over scandals," 26 May 2018 Clovis withdrew his name from consideration in November ... after facing a torrent of criticism from Senate Democrats and environmental advocates. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Hey, Republicans: Pelosi attack ads may not be enough to keep the House," 4 May 2018 The job has been described by state officials as the most challenging ever in Florida as far as exposing such as torrent of traffic to such lengthy and massive construction. Kevin Spear,, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 Over a season and a half (1985-86), Whitson pitched terribly, reacted poorly and experienced a torrent of abuse, including death threats. Bruce Jenkins,, "New York has been a nightmare for Sonny Gray," 12 July 2018 That didn't last long in Maracaibo, following a torrent of complaints about the trucks being too high for passengers to climb into. Gustavo Ocando Alex, miamiherald, "With little public transportation, Venezuelans resort to dangerous, illegal ‘kennels’ to get around," 12 July 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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