AskDefine | Define torrent

Dictionary Definition



1 a heavy rain [syn: downpour, cloudburst, deluge, waterspout, pelter, soaker]
2 a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid); "the houses were swept away in the torrent" [syn: violent stream]
3 an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse" [syn: flood, inundation, deluge]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a RP /ˈtɒɹ.ən̩t/
  • a US /ˈtɔːɹ.ɪnt /|/ˈtɔːɹ.ənt/

Etymology 1

from torrent (1601)


  1. A large amount of something, especially water or rain; a heavy stream or flow.
    Rain fell on the hills in torrents.
    They endured a torrent of inquiries.
    A TORRENT of green and white water broke over the hull of the sail-boat.
  • Catalan: torrent
  • French: torrent
  • German: Strom
  • Portuguese: torrente
  • Spanish: torrente

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Etymology 2

From BitTorrent and the file extension it uses for metadata (.torrent).


  1. A set of files obtainable through a peer-to-peer network, especially BitTorrent.
    I got a torrent of the complete works of Shakespeare the other day; I'm not sure why.



from torrentem, (noun torrens)




Extensive Definition

A torrent generally signifies a strong flow of something, especially fluids and particles, and in particular water or rain.
Torrent may refer to:
torrent in Arabic: تورنت
torrent in Catalan: Torrent
torrent in German: Torrent
torrent in Spanish: Torrent
torrent in Basque: Torrent
torrent in French: Torrent
torrent in Italian: Torrent
torrent in Dutch: Torrent
torrent in Polish: BitTorrent
torrent in Portuguese: Torrent

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