torrent

noun
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

torrent

adjective

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

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meteorologists say that the intense rainfall that provoked the torrent wasn’t particularly extraordinary for the period. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Search called off in Italy gorge flood that killed 10," 21 Aug. 2018 The torrent of unproved accusations gave Mr. Zuma and his allies enough ammunition to grab control over another prize — the state coffers in the National Treasury. New York Times, "Corruption Gutted South Africa’s Tax Agency. Now the Nation Is Paying the Price.," 10 June 2018 North of Lima, the people of Huaraz live in fear that the glacier above them will soon give way, releasing an avalanche into Lake Palcacocha and sending a torrent of mud and water that would wipe out anything in its path. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 In February 2017, a spillway at the nation’s tallest dam threatened to collapse and send a torrent of water flooding into downstream communities. Paul Elias, The Seattle Times, "Back-to-back crises boost California sheriff’s profile," 28 Nov. 2018 Hakan Çalhanoğlu sent a torrent of panic through the Emirates stadium with a thunderbolt of a strike from more than 25-yards out, beating an outstretched David Ospina. SI.com, "Arsenal Finishes Off AC Milan to Reach Europa League Quarterfinals," 15 Mar. 2018 The age of press barons had not yet yielded to a generation of communication moguls whose technology would unleash a torrent of information and entertainment to make print seem puny. Les Hinton, WSJ, "Five Best: Les Hinton on the Giants of the Press," 28 Dec. 2018 All four rivers – the Waccamaw, Pee Dee, Lumber and Black – flooded in the torrent of rain that came along with Hurricane Matthew in 2016, in part because of the same system of intertwined rivers that flow into this state from North Carolina. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "S. Carolina gov spots men on flooded road, summons rescue," 17 Sep. 2018 Given the role that reporting about Weinstein played in the torrent of allegations unleashed since October, seeing him undergo a perp walk on Friday had plenty of significance. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein cases send a Time's Up message," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of torrent

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for torrent

Noun

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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torrent

noun

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

torrent

noun
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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