Definitions for: Torrent


[n] a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid); "the houses were swept away in the torrent"
[n] a heavy rain
[n] an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"



Webster (1913) Definition: Tor"rent, n. [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.


Tor"rent, a. [See Torrent, n.]
Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream. ``Waves of torrent
fire.'' --Milton.

Synonyms: cloudburst, deluge, deluge, downpour, flood, inundation, pelter, soaker, violent stream, waterspout

See Also: batch, current, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, rain, rainfall, sight, slew, spate, stack, stream, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew

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