Torrent
Torrent 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. [1913 Webster]

The roaring torrent is deep and wide. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A violent or rapid flow; a strong current; a flood; as, a torrent of vices; a torrent of eloquence. [1913 Webster]

At length, Erasmus, that great injured name, . . . Stemmed the wild torrent of a barbarous age. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


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  • torrent — [ tɔrɑ̃ ] n. m. • XIIe, rare av. XVe; lat. torrens, p. prés. subst. de torrere « brûler », au sens de « dévorant, impétueux » 1 ♦ Cours d eau à forte pente, à rives encaissées, à débit rapide et irrégulier. ⇒ gave. Torrent impétueux, rapide.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Torrent — (im Englischen „Sturzbach“) bezeichnet: ein Konzept des Filesharings, siehe BitTorrent Pontiac Torrent, einen Geländewagen der Firma Pontiac den US amerikanischen Dreimast Segler „Torrent“, der am 15. Juli 1868 vor der Küste Alaskas im Cook Inlet …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • torrent — Torrent. s. m. Cours d eau rapide qui vient ordinairement des orages ou de la fonte des neges, & qui ne dure que quelque tems. Torrent rapide, impetueux. il vint un torrent qui ravagea tout ce païs. il se forme de grands torrents dans les… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Torrent — puede referirse a: Internet: Un fichero .torrent utilizado por clientes BitTorrent para intercambio de archivos por la red Internet. Geografía: Torrent, municipio de la provincia de Valencia. Torrent, municip …   Wikipedia Español

  • torrent — UK US /ˈtɒrənt/ noun [C] ► a large number or amount of something: a torrent of sth »We got a torrent of e mails complaining about the advertisement. »a torrent of criticism/abuse …   Financial and business terms

  • Torrent — Tor rent, a. [See {Torrent}, n.] Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream. Waves of torrent fire. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • torrent — (n.) c.1600, from Fr. torrent, from L. torrentem (nom. torrens) rushing stream, originally roaring, boiling, burning, parching, prp. of torrere to parch (see TERRAIN (Cf. terrain)). Sense of any onrush (of words, feelings, etc.) first recorded… …   Etymology dictionary

  • torrent — ► NOUN 1) a strong and fast moving stream of water or other liquid. 2) an overwhelmingly copious outpouring: a torrent of abuse. ORIGIN French, from Latin torrere scorch, boil, roar …   English terms dictionary

  • torrent — [tôr′ənt, tär′ənt] n. [Fr < L torrens, burning, roaring, rushing, impetuous, prp. of torrere, to parch, dry, roast, consume: see THIRST] 1. a swift, violent stream, esp. of water 2. a flood or rush of words, mail, etc. 3. a very heavy fall of… …   English World dictionary

  • Torrent — Torrent, Villa in der spanischen Provinz Valencia; am südwestlichen Rande der Huerta; 6200 Ew …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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