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English definition of “torrent”

torrent

noun     /ˈtɒr.ənt/ US  /ˈtɔːr-/
[S] a sudden large or too large amount, especially one that seems to be uncontrolled: He let out a torrent of abuse/angry words. They are worried that the flow/trickle/stream of tourists could swell into an unmanageable torrent if there are no controls.Masses and large amounts of things [C] a large amount of water that is moving quickly: Heavy rainfall turned the river into a rushing/raging torrent.Watercourses and waterfalls torrents [plural] large amounts: torrents of rain The rain came down/fell in torrents. We have received torrents of letters/requests/criticism.Masses and large amounts of things
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