Definitions

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

  • adj. Resembling, flowing in, or forming torrents: torrential mountain streams; a torrential downpour.
  • adj. Resulting from the action of fast-flowing streams: torrential erosion.
  • adj. Flowing or surging abundantly; wild: torrential applause.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Coming or characterized by torrents; flowing heavily or in large quantities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a torrent; having the character of a torrent; caused by a torrent .

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or resembling a torrent; of the nature of a torrent: as, torrential rains.
  • Produced by the agency of rapid streams, mountain torrents, and the like.
  • Figuratively, fluent and copious; voluble; overwhelming.

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

  • adj. pouring in abundance
  • adj. resembling a torrent in force and abundance
  • adj. relating to or resulting from the action of a torrent

Etymologies

From torrent +‎ -ial. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A lot of what she called the torrential downpours we're getting now, Wolf.

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  • In 1963, in torrential rain, the sorting office slid slowly and without bloodshed into a quarry, and lay there at 45 degrees for many years.

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  • Gave his record-length inaugural speech in torrential rains then died of pneumonia a month later.

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  • This happened during what is being described as a torrential downpour around mile-marker 73 near Verona.

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  • The cars rejoin the start of the grid in what can only be called torrential conditions.

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  • Even small rises in global temperatures will have such likely impacts as: sea level rise; more frequent heat waves, droughts, and extreme weather events such as torrential rains and floods; increased tropical diseases in now-temperate regions; and hurricanes that are more intense.

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  • Much of the city and suburbs are recovering after up to 7.5 inches of rain came in a "torrential" downpour from the Friday night and Saturday's storm.

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  • Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family, one of America's leading evangelical groups, was shown in a video filmed at Denver's Invesco Field, where 75,000 are expected to cheer Mr Obama on Aug 28, asking Christians to pray for "torrential" rain.

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  • And outside, the rain is currently busy redefining the term 'torrential'.

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  • She rose, evaded his arm, swept from the room in a kind of torrential rage, banged the door behind her, and was gone.

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