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

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


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

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For the video’s rain sequence, Redd and Thompson had to stand in a torrent of water that, thanks to a technical glitch, was freezing cold. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "The quiet brilliance of Kenan Thompson," 28 Aug. 2019 The majority of lawmakers and presidents no longer even pay lip service to the idea of getting money out of politics or — perhaps more important — ending the secrecy that cloaks the identities of contributors to the torrent of cash. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: David Koch’s real legacy is the dark money network of rich right-wingers," 23 Aug. 2019 His death led to a torrent of conspiracy theories focusing on the high-profile people who moved in Epstein's social circle, including former President Bill Clinton and President Trump. Fox News, "Epstein's attorneys 'not satisfied' with autopsy results that concluded financier died by hanging," 19 Aug. 2019 President Donald Trump in a torrent of tweets dampened already low expectations for revived trade discussions with China that began in Shanghai on Tuesday. Rachel Layne, CBS News, "Trump's China trade tweets dampen already low expectations for deal," 30 July 2019 These particles, called tektites, started raining down about 15 minutes after impact in a torrent of glass that didn't let up for another three quarters of an hour. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These fossils may capture the day the dinosaurs died. Here's what you should know.," 31 Mar. 2019 Jeffrey Epstein's death unleashed a torrent of conspiracy theories online, some of which were propagated by individuals with sizable platforms and influence, including the President of the United States. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Jeffrey Epstein's death spotlights 'poisoned' media ecosystem," 12 Aug. 2019 Epstein’s death has also unleashed a torrent of unfounded conspiracy theories online, with people suggesting, without evidence, that Epstein was killed to keep him from incriminating others. Katie Benner,, "Before jail suicide, Jeffrey Epstein was left alone and not closely monitored," 11 Aug. 2019 The gunman, 19-year-old Santino Legan, stormed into the festival on Sunday, July 28 and unleashed a torrent of gunfire on the unsuspecting crowd on the final evening of the three-day festival at Christmas Hill Park. Steve Rubenstein,, "FBI investigates Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting as act of domestic terrorism," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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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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