from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A turbulent, swift-flowing stream.
  • n. A heavy downpour; a deluge.
  • n. A heavy, uncontrolled outpouring: a torrent of insults; torrents of mail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large amount of something, especially water or rain; a heavy stream or flow.
  • adj. Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream.
  • n. A set of files obtainable through a peer-to-peer network, especially BitTorrent.
  • v. To download in a torrent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream.
  • n. A violent stream, as of water, lava, or the like; a stream suddenly raised and running rapidly, as down a precipice.
  • n. Fig.: A violent or rapid flow; a strong current; a flood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rushing in a stream.
  • n. A rushing stream, as of water or lava; a stream flowing rapidly and with violence, as down the side of a hill or over a precipice.
  • n. Figuratively, a violent or overwhelming flow; a flood: as, a torrent of abusive words.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an overwhelming number or amount
  • n. a heavy rain
  • n. a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid)


Latin torrēns, torrent-, from present participle of torrēre, to burn; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French torrent (Wiktionary)
From BitTorrent and the file extension it uses for metadata (.torrent). (Wiktionary)


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