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

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 The Vjosa is temperamental and fickle, changing from translucent cobalt blue to sludge brown to emerald green, from a steady flow to a raging torrent. Washington Post, "One of Europe’s last wild rivers is in danger of being tamed," 3 Dec. 2019 But Posobiec’s reach paled next to the torrent that came when other accounts, including that of conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, mentioned the same name on Twitter., "Far-right Internet personalities with ties to the president have labored to give credence to claims about the whistle-blower’s identity, which has been the subject of speculation on the web since the first days after details of the complaint became public.," 8 Nov. 2019 But Posobiec's reach paled next to the torrent that came when other accounts, including that of conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, mentioned the same name on Twitter. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s allies turned to online campaign in quest to unmask Ukraine whistleblower," 7 Nov. 2019 Baby Lakynn Earlier this year, a photo of one mom-to-be’s chalkboard of potential baby names gave rise to a torrent of people joking about how their names would have been spelled if their moms had favored similar spelling arrangements. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "The Best Meme-Inspired Costumes Absolutely Winning Halloween 2019," 28 Oct. 2019 Whether that be on the pitch with his all-round skill set, or his leadership in what was a disgraceful environment as England's players were subjected to a torrent of racist abuse., "In Defence of Harry Kane: England's Captain Is Still Brilliant and Warrants More Respect," 15 Oct. 2019 Belém had spoken in a torrent, and with visible feeling. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Blood Gold in the Brazilian Rain Forest," 4 Nov. 2019 The physical world rushed back in a torrent of white marble floors and cold sunlight. David Canfield,, "Read an excerpt from Blood Heir, the year's most controversial YA novel," 17 Oct. 2019 In a sense, that’s the challenge of analyzing streaming data, which comes at us in a torrent and never lets up. Quanta Magazine, "Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data," 24 Oct. 2017

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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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7 Dec 2019

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“Torrent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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