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Torrent (noun)

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Tórrent. n.s. [torrent, Fr. torrens, Lat.]

  1. A sudden stream raised by summer showers.

                    The near in blood,
    Forsake me like the torrent of a flood.
    Sandys on Job.

    Will no kind flood, no friendly rain,
    Disguise the marshal's plain disgrace;
    No torrents swell the low Mohayne,
    The world will say he durst not pass.
    Prior.

  2. A violent and rapid stream; tumultuous current.

    Not far from Caucasus are certain steep falling torrents, which wash down many grains of gold, as in many other parts of the world; and the people there inhabiting use to set many fleeces of wool in these descents of waters, in which the grains of gold remain, and the water passeth through, which Strabo witnesseth to be true. Raleigh.

    The memory of those who, out of duty and conscience, opposed that torrent which did overwhelm them, should not lose the recompence due to their virtue. Clarendon.

    When shrivell'd herbs on with'ring stems decay,
    The wary ploughman, on the mountain's brow,
    Undams his wat'ry stores, huge torrents flow,
    Temp'ring the thirsty fever of the field.
    Dryden's Georg.

    Erasmus, that great injur'd name,
    Stemm'd the wild torrent of a barb'rous age.
    Pope.

Sources: Clarendon, Edward (73) · Dryden, John (788) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Sandys, George (23)

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