[tawr-uhnt, tor-]
a stream of water flowing with great rapidity and violence.
a rushing, violent, or abundant and unceasing stream of anything: a torrent of lava.
a violent downpour of rain.
a violent, tumultuous, or overwhelming flow: a torrent of abuse.

1595–1605; < Latin torrent- (stem of torrēns) seething, literally, burning, present participle of torrēre to burn, parch; see torrid, -ent

4. outburst, deluge, flood, spate. Unabridged
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torrent (ˈtɒrənt)
1.  a fast, voluminous, or violent stream of water or other liquid
2.  an overwhelming flow of thoughts, words, sound, etc
3.  rare like or relating to a torrent
[C17: from French, from Latin torrēns (noun), from torrēns (adjective) burning, from torrēre to burn]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from Fr. torrent, from L. torrentem (nom. torrens) "rushing stream," originally "roaring, boiling, burning, parching," prp. of torrere "to parch" (see terrain). Sense of "any onrush" (of words, feelings, etc.) first recorded 1640s. Torrential first attested 1849.
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Computing Dictionary

torrent definition


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Example sentences
The torrent half-buried area homes and elevated long-running health concerns
  over heavy metals in the ash.
The bubbling torrent is full of fecal microorganisms responsible for typhoid,
  cholera and amoebic dysentery.
Since then the two sociologists have been through a torrent of radio interviews
  and public lectures.
The resulting torrent of angry phone calls and e-mails made me dread going to
  work all month.
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