torrent

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[1601] From French torrent

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torrent (plural torrents)

  1. A violent flow, as of water, lava, etc.; a stream suddenly raised and running rapidly, as down a precipice.
    • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
      The roaring torrent is deep and wide.
    • 2013 June 29, “High and wet”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28: 
      Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. [] Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
    Rain fell on the hills in torrents.
    A torrent of green and white water broke over the hull of the sail-boat.
  2. (figuratively) A large amount or stream of something.
    • 2011 December 21, Helen Pidd, “Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis”, the Guardian:
      A new stream of migrants is leaving the continent. It threatens to become a torrent if the debt crisis continues to worsen.
    • 1906, Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman:
      The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees, / The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, / The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor ...
    They endured a torrent of inquiries.
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torrent (comparative more torrent, superlative most torrent)

  1. Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream.
    • Milton
      Waves of torrent fire.

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

torrent (plural torrents)

  1. (Internet, file sharing) 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.
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torrent (third-person singular simple present torrents, present participle torrenting, simple past and past participle torrented)

  1. (Internet slang, transitive) To download in a torrent.
    The video rental place didn't have the film I was after, but I managed to torrent it.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin torrens

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torrent m (plural torrents)

  1. A torrent

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torrent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of torreō