What does torrent mean?

Definitions for torrent
ˈtɔr ənt, ˈtɒr-tor·rent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. downpour, cloudburst, deluge, waterspout, torrent, pelter, soakernoun

    a heavy rain

  2. torrent, violent streamnoun

    a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid)

    "the houses were swept away in the torrent"

  3. flood, inundation, deluge, torrentnoun

    an overwhelming number or amount

    "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Torrentadjective

    Rolling in a rapid stream.

    Etymology: torrens, Lat.

    Fierce Phlegeton,
    Whose waves of torrent fire inflame with rage. John Milton.

  2. Torrentnoun

    Etymology: torrent, Fr. torrens, Lat.

    The near in blood,
    Forsake me like the torrent of a flood. George Sandys, on Job.

    Will no kind flood, no friendly rain,
    Disguise the marshal’s plain disgrace;
    No torrents swell the low Mohayne,
    The world will say he durst not pass. Matthew Prior.

    Not far from Caucasus are certain steep falling torrents, which wash down many grains of gold, as in many other parts of the world; and the people there inhabiting use to set many fleeces of wool in these descents of waters, in which the grains of gold remain, and the water passeth through, which Strabo witnesseth to be true. Walter Raleigh.

    The memory of those who, out of duty and conscience, opposed that torrent which did overwhelm them, should not lose the recompence due to their virtue. Edward Hyde.

    When shrivell’d herbs on with’ring stems decay,
    The wary ploughman, on the mountain’s brow,
    Undams his wat’ry stores, huge torrents flow,
    Temp’ring the thirsty fever of the field. John Dryden, Georg.

    Erasmus, that great injur’d name,
    Stemm’d the wild torrent of a barb’rous age. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Torrentnoun

    a violent stream, as of water, lava, or the like; a stream suddenly raised and running rapidly, as down a precipice

  2. Torrentnoun

    fig.: A violent or rapid flow; a strong current; a flood; as, a torrent of vices; a torrent of eloquence

  3. Torrentnoun

    rolling or rushing in a rapid stream


  1. Torrent

    Torrent is a city located within the metropolitan area of the city of Valencia, Spain. It is the largest municipality of the Horta Oest comarca, with 79,843 inhabitants. It is situated some 7 km from Valencia city proper, to which it is connected via the metro. The two metro stations in Torrent are called Torrent and Torrent avinguda from the lines 1 and 5. It is bordered by Aldaia, Alaquàs and Xirivella in the north, Picanya and Catarroja in the east, Alcàcer and Picassent in the south and Montserrat, Godelleta, Turís and Xiva in the West. All of the cities are part of the province of Valencia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Torrent

    tor′ent, n. a rushing stream: a strong or turbulent current.—adj. rushing in a stream.—ns. Torr′ent-bow, a bow of prismatic colours formed above the spray of a torrent; Torr′ent-duck, a merganser of genus Merganetta, found in the swift water-courses of the Andes.—adj. Torren′tial, of the nature of a torrent, produced by the agency of rapid streams: overwhelmingly voluble.—n. Torrential′ity.—adv. Torren′tially. [L. torrens, -entis, boiling, pr.p. of torrēre, to dry.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. torrent

    A land flood rushing from mountainous tracts, often with destructive effect. It is produced by an accumulation of water from rains or the melting of snows.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of torrent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of torrent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of torrent in a Sentence

  1. Joe Bollard:

    It's a trickle rather than a torrent at this early stage but this does create a real medium term window of opportunity for Ireland.

  2. Mr Calder:

    He must’ve gotten caught in a torrent and confused, beached himself on the side of the road.

  3. Bill Werde:

    If youre a music fan and you appreciate the history of Woodstock as a cultural, pinnacle moment, even as a brand, its hard not to be sad about this seemingly never-ending torrent of missteps and false hopes, for the sake of the legacy of Woodstock, I kind of wish they would stop. Its like watching a boxer who just wont stay down when he really should.

  4. Theocritus:

    Now begins a torrent of words and a trickling of sense.

  5. Father Malachy Conlon:

    The pastoral council talked about reaching out to people at this difficult time and as we talked, this idea evolved. It was all quite spontaneous, there were huge crowds, it was a moving turnout. I've never received such a torrent of messages as I have this evening, people deeply appreciative and feeling connected to one another, despite all of the distancing.

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    boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
    • A. ultimo
    • B. unsealed
    • C. defiant
    • D. equivalent

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