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torrent (n.)

"rapid stream," c. 1600, from French torrent (16c.) and directly from Latin torrentem (nominative torrens) "rushing, roaring" (of streams), also "a rushing stream," originally as an adjective "roaring, boiling, burning, parching, hot, inflamed," present participle of torrere "to parch" (from PIE root *ters- "to dry"). Extension to any onrush (of words, feelings, etc.) first recorded 1640s.

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Definitions of torrent from WordNet

torrent (n.)
a heavy rain;
Synonyms: downpour / cloudburst / deluge / waterspout / pelter / soaker
torrent (n.)
a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid);
the houses were swept away in the torrent
Synonyms: violent stream
torrent (n.)
an overwhelming number or amount;
a torrent of abuse
Synonyms: flood / inundation / deluge
From wordnet.princeton.edu