tor·ren·tial | \ tȯ-ˈren(t)-shəl , 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, tə- \ adverb

Examples of torrential in a Sentence

The rain caused torrential flooding.

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The storms could bring damaging wind gusts, torrential rain and large hail, the weather service said. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Severe thunderstorms moving across southern Wisconsin; thunderstorm watch in effect," 13 July 2018 The property was also damaged by torrential rains in 2005. Maria Pasquini,, "Famous Blade Runner House Listed for $23 Million: See the Photos!," 12 July 2018 Remember May and June, and all of the torrential rain? Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Washington is in a ‘flash drought,’ with only fleeting chances of rain in the forecast," 12 July 2018 Franco getting ‘a little push’ from trade talk Thanks to torrential rain May 15 in Baltimore, the Phillies will get one more look at Manny Machado in a makeup game Thursday night. Scott Lauber,, "Phillies' Maikel Franco making a play to stay | Extra Innings," 12 July 2018 Days after torrential rains, floods, and landslides in parts of Japan, the death toll has reached 176 with more than 50 people still unaccounted for. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Floods in Japan Leave at Least 176 People Dead," 11 July 2018 In August 2014, 77 people died in Hiroshima when torrential rain triggered massive landslides, but one resident told Kyodo that the rains were heavier this time. Simon Denyer,, "At least 85 dead, many missing as ‘historic’ rains pound Japan," 8 July 2018 The group became stranded after torrential monsoon rains caused the system to flood and were missing for nine days before being discovered by two British divers. NBC News, "First boys emerge from Thailand cave as rescue mission enters final act," 8 July 2018 Over 70 people have died and dozens are missing in Japan as torrential rain caused flash flooding and landslides across central and western parts of the country while more than two million people have been ordered to evacuate. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Massive Floods in Japan Have Killed More Than 70 and Hurt Local Manufacturers," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of torrential

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of torrential

: coming in a large, fast stream

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