torrent

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Torrent \Tor"rent\, noun [F., fr. L. torrens, -entis, fr. torrens burning, roaring, boiling, p. pr. of torrere to dry by heat, to burn. See {Torrid}.]

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

The roaring torrent is deep and wide. --Longfellow.

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

At length, Erasmus, that great injured name, . . . Stemmed the wild torrent of a barbarous age. --Pope.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Torrent \Tor"rent\, adjective [See {Torrent}, noun] Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream. "Waves of torrent fire." --Milton. Torrential

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

torrent

noun

1: a heavy rain [syn: {downpour}, {cloudburst}, {deluge}, {waterspout}, {torrent}, {pelter}, {soaker}]

2: a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid); "the houses were swept away in the torrent" [syn: {torrent}, {violent stream}]

3: an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse" [syn: {flood}, {inundation}, {deluge}, {torrent}]


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