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

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

Examples of torrential in a Sentence

The rain caused torrential flooding.

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But the actors really did slog it out in the fake torrential rains for two weeks. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "How 'Hobbs & Shaw' shot those Chernobyl nuclear power plant scenes," 3 Aug. 2019 Outside the packed courtroom on Wednesday, as an approaching tropical storm brought torrential rain and strong winds to the city, hundreds of protesters gathered to offer support for the defendants. Washington Post, "Dozens of Hong Kong protesters appear in court to face riot charges," 31 July 2019 An almighty dump of torrential rain and hail severed the Tour route just as Bernal was succeeding in ripping the race lead off Alaphilippe, who'd clung to it like a kid with a favorite toy. John Leicester And Samuel Petrequin,, "22-year-old Egan Bernal is first Colombian to win Tour de France," 28 July 2019 Several studies attribute Harvey’s torrential rain at least partly to climate change. David Fleshler,, "A new top killer emerges in hurricanes, and many blame climate change," 28 June 2019 Jeff Bollier, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Severe, life-threatening thunderstorms aimed at central and northeast Wisconsin Friday night were bringing tornadoes, destructive wind gusts, power outages, torrential rain and large hail. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Storms bring 90-mph winds, large hail, tornadoes to central and northeastern Wisconsin," 20 July 2019 Flooding and landslides, triggered by torrential monsoon rains, have swept across India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, leaving devastation in each country. Jessie Yeung, Swati Gupta And Sophia Saifi, CNN, "227 dead after monsoon floods devastate South Asia," 18 July 2019 Barry spared New Orleans and Baton Rouge from catastrophic flooding but still drenched other parts of Louisiana with torrential rains. Washington Post, "Suspected tornado in Mississippi from Barry’s wet remnants," 16 July 2019 With torrential rain pounding the state's Interstate 59 corridor, only the headlights of oncoming cars were visible on the highway, and water flowed like a creek in the median. Author: Rebecca Santana And Jonathan Drew, Anchorage Daily News, "Barry’s flood threat lingers as storm slowly sweeps inland," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of torrential

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of torrential was in 1849

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English Language Learners Definition of torrential

: coming in a large, fast stream

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not constant or steady

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