tor·​ren·​tial | \ tȯ-ˈren(t)-shəl How to pronounce torrential (audio) , tə- \

Definition of torrential

1a : relating to or having the character of a torrent torrential rains
b : caused by or resulting from action of rapid streams torrential gravel
2 : resembling a torrent in violence or rapidity of flow

Other Words from torrential

torrentially \ tȯ-​ˈren(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce torrential (audio) , tə-​ \ adverb

Examples of torrential in a Sentence

The rain caused torrential flooding.
Recent Examples on the Web On the other side of the mountain range to the north of Sylhet in India's Assam state, the torrential rains sent the Brahmaputra River spilling over its banks in many areas, causing destruction and triggering massive landslides. Al-emrun Garjon And,, 21 June 2022 In early June, torrential rains in southern China killed at least 32 people. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 20 June 2022 Park officials closed Yellowstone indefinitely at the start of the summer tourist season, forcing 10,000 people to leave the park after torrential rains in southern Montana and northern Wyoming made all entrances too dangerous to use. Harold Maass, The Week, 15 June 2022 Other migrants decided to drop off the caravan entirely, exhausted by a trek that usually means walking miles every day, often in blistering sunshine or torrential rains. New York Times, 11 June 2022 During the monsoon season, torrential rains turn docile rivers into raging waterways, and people rely on centuries-old bridges to access farms, schools, and markets. Anne Pinto-rodrigues, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 June 2022 Other experts said that given the trend of prolonged hot weather and heavier rainfall from sudden torrential monsoons, Singapore's annual dengue problem was only likely to get worse. Heather Chen, CNN, 6 June 2022 Tropical Storm Alex hit Florida Friday and Saturday with heavy winds and torrential rains, causing massive flooding in Miami that turned streets into rivers, stranded cars and wreaked havoc on the lives of its waterlogged residents. Kc Baker,, 6 June 2022 Cyclone Batsirai's torrential winds and rain are hammering Madagascar, after landing on the island's east coast late Saturday. Laetitia Bezain, ajc, 6 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of torrential

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for torrential

torrent entry 1 + -ial

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24 Jun 2022

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“Torrential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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