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 & 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.

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Far from the torrent of opportunity and celebration, a lonely figure has dutifully remained at her post, like a watchman outside a mall after closing. Steven Goff,, "US goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, a Connecticut native, should face first real World Cup test vs. Sweden," 17 June 2019 But the torrent of mockery directed at Ryan was much larger, possibly an order of magnitude larger than any that had visited his Twitter feed before. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Paul Ryan’s cheery Father’s Day message is not playing well amid the child detainment crisis," 17 June 2018 This comes after a torrent of leaks revealing what the devices look like and what the specs are, in addition to a look at a test device out in the wild when it was left in the backseat of a cab. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL leak yet again," 24 Sep. 2018 That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting water supplies in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites," 20 Feb. 2019 Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan's decision to settle a lawsuit over the state's voter-registration rules has triggered a torrent of criticism from Steve Gaynor, her opponent in the Aug. 28 Republican primary. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Republican secretary of state candidates spar over Arizona's voter-registration rules," 6 July 2018 In response, Grande shut off her Instagram comments due to the torrent of abuse aimed at her. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Just Posted a Tribute to Ex-Boyfriend Mac Miller Following His Death," 8 Sep. 2018 That support is what prompted a torrent of outrage — from the public, community groups and the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild — when Best was omitted in May from the list of three finalists for the permanent chief’s job. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "For candidate Carmen Best, ‘nothing more important to me than being chief in Seattle’," 12 July 2018 The dam’s collapse unleashed a torrent of sludge that swallowed an employee cafeteria, offices and nearby homes. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "After Brazil Tragedy, Mining Firms Call for New Oversight of Waste Dams," 25 Feb. 2019

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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 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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