torrent

[ tawr-uhnt, tor- ]
/ ˈtɔr ənt, ˈtɒr- /

noun

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.

adjective

Origin of torrent

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

torrent

/ (ˈtɒrənt) /

noun

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

adjective

rare like or relating to a torrent

Word Origin for torrent

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

torrent


n.

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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