One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they were swept down the hillside in a torrent of water’
flood, deluge, inundation, spate, cascade, rush, stream, current, gushing, flow, overflow, tide, fountain
2‘the rain fell in torrents’
downpour, deluge, rainstorm, rain, shower
3‘he directed a torrent of abuse at me’
outburst, stream, volley, outpouring, hail, onslaught, avalanche, flow, barrage, battery, tide, spate, effusion, inundation
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