Definition of torrential in US English:



  • 1(of rain) falling rapidly and in copious quantities.

    ‘a torrential downpour’
    • ‘Still torrential rain fell, leaves blew all around and I saw no other vehicle for my entire journey.’
    • ‘It flew through torrential rain and sleet and snow showers to arrive just before 8am.’
    • ‘On the paddy fields of the far east of Wales, with torrential rain falling throughout, there was very little rugby.’
    • ‘Shortly before the bout took place, torrential rain fell and the canvas was drenched.’
    • ‘Two schoolchildren are up for a bravery award after helping their grandmother when she fell in torrential rain.’
    • ‘On the day of the murder there was torrential downpour of rain on Norfolk Island.’
    • ‘After two days of sunshine, torrential rain started falling in Australia too, washing out part of his holiday.’
    • ‘The floods followed torrential rain that has fallen since August, causing rivers to overflow and dams to collapse.’
    • ‘As torrential rain fell Malton still persevered with an adventurous and open game.’
    • ‘An hour or two later torrential rain began to fall and the Show was washed out.’
    • ‘A fast torrential rain began to fall, hard and thick making it impossible to see anything in front of the car.’
    • ‘The threat of flooding in the district was fading today as torrential rain and heavy storms began to fade.’
    • ‘But observers blamed the torrential rain that fell on the capital before and after the ceremony.’
    • ‘The twister or funnel cloud was spotted at around 4pm yesterday as a torrential downpour rained on the town.’
    • ‘The rest of the day torrential rain fell, the grass becoming a bog, the river turning to a lake.’
    • ‘This was a result of a downpour of torrential rain which lasted approximately an hour and a half.’
    • ‘Ten days after this deluge, torrential rain fell in Tasmania, causing major flooding in the Derwent Valley.’
    • ‘Day and night the sky falls upon them and torrential rains dampen their dreams.’
    • ‘Somehow I just love those violent eruptions in the sky and the ensuing downpour of torrential rain.’
    • ‘Heavy storms and torrential rain continued on many days through to October, ending one of the worst droughts on record.’
    copious, severe, heavy, rapid, relentless, violent
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    1. 1.1 (of water) flowing rapidly and with force.
      • ‘Christina whipped her head around and the blue Swift fired a torrential jet of water at her.’
      • ‘He muttered, looking insolently at the flooding shelter as the torrential waters rose.’
      • ‘Mini-oases of peace occur in harbours, sheltered from the torrential force of spring snowmelt.’
      • ‘Ground-nesting birds are obviously vulnerable to May's torrential outbursts.’