Definition of torrent in US English:



  • 1A strong and fast-moving stream of water or other liquid.

    ‘rain poured down in torrents’
    ‘after the winter rains, the stream becomes a raging torrent’
    • ‘On some roads, rain water was flowing in torrents, this time not due to rain or clogged drains.’
    • ‘On Saturday night residents in Chapel Street and Meeting Street anxiously watched as torrents of water poured down the Chapel Hill and the Back Lane.’
    • ‘Solicitor Paul Cowper and his family endured a gruelling seven hours trapped on a balcony, surrounded by torrents of raging water in Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘Artemis kept the torrent of water streaming towards the animal but it did no good in slowing it down.’
    • ‘The other side is dominated by a dark, looming mass which suggests torrents of water rushing upward.’
    • ‘But the huge speeds of the Volvo 70s and the vast torrents of water pouring over sleek decks increases the dangers.’
    • ‘Others needed the assistance of recovery vehicles to rescue them when the severe weather sent torrents of water cascading onto the roads of Kerry.’
    • ‘Braving the icy torrents of white water in the Victorian Alps, personnel from the School of Artillery discovered the true meaning of adventurous training.’
    • ‘And it flipped its tail and water poured out in torrents (yes, like rain!) out of the tank and splashed on us.’
    • ‘He let out a yell as he set forth his magic, sending a torrent of water streaming towards the beasts in front of him.’
    • ‘Fields were soon under water, quiet little streams changed into raging torrents, and in Taunton many homes were engulfed as the River Tone burst its banks.’
    • ‘It was dark and gloomy and he could not see very well past the torrent of cascading water.’
    • ‘Salty water cascaded in torrents down my face and my sobs were strangled and helpless.’
    • ‘People talked about hundreds of folks running in terror through the streets trying to escape the raging torrents of waters.’
    • ‘Metal sheets were used to divert the torrents of water which poured through the roof.’
    • ‘The Owenduff river flows off Corslieve and was a raging torrent by comparison with the gentle stream of the summer.’
    • ‘A smelly torrent of water flooded over him, and he let go, spluttering bad temperedly.’
    • ‘The water flowed down his garden to join the torrent coming down the stream.’
    • ‘On either side of the path was a massive green field and, within each field, there was a single, pristine white fountain gushing with thick torrents of water.’
    • ‘The hill burns are torrents of water and the main river a chocolate flood.’
    flood, deluge, inundation, spate, cascade, rush, stream, current, gushing, flow, overflow, tide, fountain
    downpour, deluge, rainstorm, rain, shower
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    1. 1.1a torrent of" or "torrents of A sudden, violent, and copious outpouring of (something, typically words or feelings)
      ‘she was subjected to a torrent of abuse’
      ‘banks plowed torrents of money into the booming stock and property markets’
      • ‘He's a very bright young man whose ideas come spilling out of him - on paper or on the phone - in a torrent of words.’
      • ‘But this year it could be said his actions are speaking louder than the torrent of words with which he showers his questioners.’
      • ‘After that disgraceful performance the players should have been subjected to a torrent of jeers and whistles.’
      • ‘It points, like an arrow, to the one word that stops her from hurling a torrent of abuse at him.’
      • ‘When they tried talking to the youngsters concerned they claim they received a torrent of abuse.’
      • ‘Three men who have helped control each other's mental illnesses have been forced from their home by a torrent of abuse.’
      • ‘After a year which has seen Goodwin suffer a torrent of abuse over his share price, these were the first signs of submission.’
      • ‘Sometimes a torrent of words flood out, full of references to rap, hip hop and skateboarding.’
      • ‘She barely lets me finish and unleashes a torrent of abuse in my direction.’
      • ‘If anyone complains, they are met with a torrent of abuse or even physical threats.’
      • ‘The gunship circled in the night sky, raining a torrent of bullets down on buildings and streets nearby.’
      • ‘It also brought a torrent of anti-union abuse and lies in most of the media.’
      • ‘Ocap has been subjected to a torrent of criticism in the media and by mainstream politicians.’
      • ‘She responded from the public gallery with a torrent of abuse at court staff, while Ashley hit a policewoman in the dock.’
      • ‘He turned his attention in our direction; a torrent of abuse was unleashed.’
      • ‘Well, the answer could be that most Scots are frightened in case they get a torrent of verbal abuse - or a black eye.’
      • ‘He became angry when she asked him to get off so she could pull away and launched a torrent of abuse.’
      • ‘They humiliated Brian, subjecting him to a torrent of physical and emotional abuse.’
      • ‘Malcolm heard a torrent of foreign words as the girl tried to calm the child, then a bustle as she laid him down.’
      • ‘More than two decades before, a torrent of information had overwhelmed detectives hunting the Yorkshire Ripper.’
      outburst, stream, volley, outpouring, hail, onslaught, avalanche, flow, barrage, battery, tide, spate, effusion, inundation
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Late 16th century: from French, from Italian torrente, from Latin torrent- ‘boiling, roaring’, from torrere ‘parch, scorch’.