• (RP) IPA: /ˈtɒɹ.ənt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈtɔɹ.ənt/
  • (NYC) IPA: /ˈtɑɹ.ənt/

torrent (plural torrents)

  1. A violent flow, as of water, lava, etc.; a stream suddenly raised and running rapidly, as down a precipice.
    • The roaring torrent is deep and wide.
    Rain fell on the hills in torrents.
    A torrent of green and white water broke over the hull of the sail-boat.
  2. (figurative) A large amount or stream of something.
    They endured a torrent of inquiries.
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  1. Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Waves of torrent fire.

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.
  • Russian: то́ррент

torrent (torrents, present participle torrenting; 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.

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