- 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
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Examples from the Web for torrent
Backup dancers materialize, sparking a torrent of eye-catching choreography.The Making of Kiesza: From Navy Sharpshooter to Beauty Queen to Pop Diva
October 20, 2014
The cascade of same-sex marriage rulings is now a torrent, each more quotable and image-ready than the last.Pennsylvania. Oregon. Is Gay Marriage Unstoppable?
May 20, 2014
The second cultural strain revealed itself in a torrent of abuse on Twitter and other forums.Miss America, Meet India’s ‘Dark’ Side
September 17, 2013
In response, Alexeyev unleashed a torrent of anti-Semitic abuse.Nikolai Alexeyev’s Fall From Gay Rights Leader to Anti-Semite
September 5, 2013
And as usual, Dermer levels his accusations with a torrent of intellectual self-regard and little actual evidence.Reading Israel's New U.S. Ambassador
July 10, 2013
Let us rejoice that one such partisan was now at hand to stem the torrent of abuse.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
After that, in a torrent, came Harriet's declaration of independence.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Kavirondo, his eyes rolling, shot forth a torrent of language.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
But are you voluble enough to drown all sense in a torrent of words?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
It all poured out of him in a torrent, his hand on my knee most of the time.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- 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 systemSee BitTorrent
- rare like or relating to a torrent
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.