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


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.


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

/ (ˈtɒrənt) /


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 system See BitTorrent


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