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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Torrent

TOR'RENT, noun [Latin torrens. This is the participle of torreo, to parch; Eng. tear.]

1. A violent rushing stream of water or other fluid; a stream suddenly raised and running rapidly, as down a precipice; as a torrent of lava.

2. A violent or rapid stream; a strong current; as a torrent of vices and follies; a torrent of corruption.

Erasmus, that great injur'd name,

Stemm'd the wild torrent of a barb'rous age.

TOR'RENT, adjective Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream; as waves of torrent fire.