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torrent

[tawr-uh nt, tor-] /ˈtɔr ənt, ˈtɒr-/
noun
1.
a stream of water flowing with great rapidity and violence.
2.
a rushing, violent, or abundant and unceasing stream of anything:
a torrent of lava.
3.
a violent downpour of rain.
4.
a violent, tumultuous, or overwhelming flow:
a torrent of abuse.
adjective
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin torrent- (stem of torrēns) seething, literally, burning, present participle of torrēre to burn, parch; see torrid, -ent
Synonyms
4. outburst, deluge, flood, spate.
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Examples from the web for torrents
  • With distance, the torrents of wild scandal increase in volume and volubility.
  • For centuries, such rivalries led to torrents of blood.
  • With torrents it became literally impossible to make money on selling standalone applications to consumers.
  • torrents of e-mail have turned us all into file clerks.
  • Rain falls in torrents, as if the skies were coming down to unite with the sea.
  • These occurred almost every afternoon, and turned the camp into a tarn, and the trails into torrents and quagmires.
  • Darkness hid everything and rain drummed on my poncho and flowed off in torrents soaking trousers and boots.
  • Mountain streams can become raging torrents when heavy rain falls.
  • Official uploads are usually better quality than pirate torrents.
  • In many areas, even small storms can turn normally dry streambeds into raging torrents of water in a matter of minutes.
British Dictionary definitions for torrents

torrent

/ˈtɒrənt/
noun
1.
a fast, voluminous, or violent stream of water or other liquid
2.
an overwhelming flow of thoughts, words, sound, etc
3.
(computing) a file that controls the transfer of data in a BitTorrent system See BitTorrent
adjective
4.
(rare) like or relating to a torrent
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin torrēns (noun), from torrēns (adjective) burning, from torrēre to burn
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Word Origin and History for torrents

torrent

n.

c.1600, from French torrent, from Latin torrentem (nominative torrens) "rushing stream," originally "roaring, boiling, burning, parching," present participle of torrere "to parch" (see terrain). Sense of "any onrush" (of words, feelings, etc.) first recorded 1640s.

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