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Definition of torrent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    torrent

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtɒrənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɔːrənt//
     
    , NAmE//ˈtɑːrənt//
     
     
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  1. 1a large amount of water moving very quickly After the winter rains, the stream becomes a raging torrent. The rain was coming down in torrents.
  2. 2a large amount of something that comes suddenly and violently synonym deluge a torrent of abuse/criticism a torrent of words
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French, from Italian torrente, from Latin torrent- ‘boiling, roaring’, from torrere ‘parch, scorch’.Extra examples Her pent-up anger was released in a torrent of words. The rain poured down in torrents. The sight of her father unleashed a torrent of emotions. a torrent of abuse/​criticism/​tears A torrent of words poured out as thoughts raced around in his head. After the winter rains, the stream becomes a raging torrent. She stopped, struggling with the torrent of emotions she had unleashed. She was subjected to a torrent of abuse.
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