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[tawr-uh nt, tor-] /ˈtɔr ənt, ˈtɒr-/
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.
Origin of torrent
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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Examples from the web for torrent
  • 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.
  • In some places the tsunami advanced as a torrent of foaming water.
  • As global warming tightens the availability of water, prepare for a torrent of forced migrations.
  • As for your torrent of words if it doesn't reduce to mathematics it is only opinion.
  • If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.
  • To make matters worse, the film has inspired a torrent of management drivel.
  • It was not so good for media firms, which watched a torrent of revenue turn into a trickle.
British Dictionary definitions for torrent


a fast, voluminous, or violent stream of water or other liquid
an overwhelming flow of thoughts, words, sound, etc
(computing) a file that controls the transfer of data in a BitTorrent system See BitTorrent
(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 torrent

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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torrent in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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