[ tawr-uhnz, tor- ]

  1. Lake Torrens, a salt lake in Australia, in eastern South Australia. 130 miles (210 kilometers) long; 2,400 square miles (6,220 square kilometers); 25 feet (8 meters) below sea level.

Origin of Torrens

First recorded in 1840–45; named after Sir Robert Torrens (1814–84), British administrator in Australia; see also Torrens system

Words Nearby Torrens Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Torrens in a sentence

  • But it was not until 1868 that the Torrens Act was passed, the first attempt of the Legislature to deal with slum property.

    The Law and the Poor | Edward Abbott Parry
  • Having traversed forty or fifty miles of desert land, he turned to the west, and came in sight of what he called Lake Torrens.

  • The harbor of the capital city is not on the sea, but seven miles away from it, on the banks of the small river Torrens.

    The Land of the Kangaroo | Thomas Wallace Knox
  • Torrens held himself, apparently with justice, to be rather an independent ally than a disciple of Ricardo.

  • Though Ricardo and Torrens rejected it, it was accepted by Mill in his second edition.

British Dictionary definitions for Torrens


/ (ˈtɒrənz) /

  1. Lake Torrens a shallow salt lake in E central South Australia, about 8 m (25 ft) below sea level. Area: 5776 sq km (2230 sq miles)

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