Definition of


  1. (noun, event) a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid)
  2. (noun, phenomenon) a heavy rain
  3. (noun, quantity) an overwhelming number or amount
    a torrent of abuse

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Torrent

  1. c.1600, from Fr. torrent, from L. torrentem (nom. torrens) "rushing stream," originally "roaring, boiling, burning, parching," prp. of torrere "to parch" (see terrain). Sense of "any onrush" (of words, feelings, etc.) first recorded 1640s. Torrential first attested 1849. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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