Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resembling, flowing in, or forming torrents.
  • adjective Resulting from the action of fast-flowing streams.
  • adjective Flowing or surging abundantly; wild.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From torrent +‎ -ial.

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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  • 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.

    Science

  • 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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  • 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.

    'Torrential' Downpour Causes Major Headaches On Roadways

  • 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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