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torrential

[taw-ren-shuh l, toh-, tuh-] /tɔˈrɛn ʃəl, toʊ-, tə-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or having the nature of a torrent.
2.
resembling a torrent in rapidity or violence.
3.
falling in torrents:
torrential rains.
4.
produced by the action of a torrent.
5.
violent, vehement, or impassioned.
6.
overwhelming; extraordinarily copious.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; torrent + -ial
Related forms
torrentially, adverb
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  • It was carved through the ages by the erosive agency of torrential rains and melting snows.
  • Sopping wet after standing in line for the press bus security check in torrential rain.
  • Outside, the rain was still torrential and the pavements vanished.
  • Months of torrential rain have caused flooding and landslides all over the country.
  • High winds and torrential rains are destructive, but storm surge can be far more dangerous.
  • But one of the placebo days also happened to fall on a day of widespread torrential downpours.
  • There were torrential rain and at some points hailstones as large as baseballs.
  • Even before the blasts torrential rain meant that roads were clogged.
  • The summer monsoon brings a humid climate and torrential rainfall to these areas.
  • Can withstand a torrential downpour with no compromises in functionality.
British Dictionary definitions for torrential

torrential

/tɒˈrɛnʃəl; tə-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a torrent
2.
pouring or flowing fast, violently, or heavily: torrential rain
3.
abundant, overwhelming, or irrepressible: torrential abuse
Derived Forms
torrentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for torrential
adj.

1849; see torrent + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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