flood vs torrent what difference

what is difference between flood and torrent

English

Alternative forms

  • floud (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English flod, from Old English flōd, from Proto-West Germanic *flōdu, from Proto-Germanic *flōduz, from *plew- (to flow). Cognate with Scots flude, fluid, Saterland Frisian Floud, Dutch vloed, German Flut, Danish flod, Icelandic flóð, and Gothic ???????????????????????? (flōdus).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: flŭd, IPA(key): /flʌd/
  • Rhymes: -ʌd

Noun

flood (plural floods)

  1. A (usually disastrous) overflow of water from a lake or other body of water due to excessive rainfall or other input of water.
  2. (figuratively) A large number or quantity of anything appearing more rapidly than can easily be dealt with.
  3. The flowing in of the tide, opposed to the ebb.
  4. A floodlight.
  5. Menstrual discharge; menses.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Harvey to this entry?)
  6. (obsolete) Water as opposed to land.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
      Who beheld from the safe shore their floating carcasses and broken chariot-wheels. So thick bestrown, abject and lost, lay these, covering the flood, under amazement of their hideous change.

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • deluge
  • diversion
  • inundation
  • torrent

Verb

flood (third-person singular simple present floods, present participle flooding, simple past and past participle flooded)

  1. To overflow, as by water from excessive rainfall.
  2. To cover or partly fill as if by a flood.
    The floor was flooded with beer.
    They flooded the room with sewage.
  3. (figuratively) To provide (someone or something) with a larger number or quantity of something than can easily be dealt with.
  4. (Internet, transitive, intransitive) To paste numerous lines of text to (a chat system) in order to disrupt the conversation.
    • 1998, “Dr. Cat”, Furry web site plug (on newsgroup alt.fan.furry)
      There’s also a spam filter in the code now, so if someone attempts to flood people’s screens with macros or a bot, everything after the first few lines is thrown away.
  5. To bleed profusely, as after childbirth.

Antonyms

  • (overflow): drain

Synonyms

  • (overflow): overfill
  • (cover): inundate
  • (provide with large number): inundate, swamp, deluge

Derived terms

Translations

References

Anagrams

  • of old

Middle English

Noun

flood

  1. Alternative form of flod

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from English flood.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈflɐd͡ʒ/

Noun

flood m (plural floods)

  1. (Internet slang) a flood of superfluous text messages

Related terms

  • floodar


English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtɒɹ.ənt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtɔɹ.ənt/
  • (NYC) IPA(key): /ˈtɑɹ.ənt/

Etymology 1

From French torrent, from Italian torrente, from Latin torrentem, accusative of torrēns (burning, seething, roaring), from Latin torrēre (to parch, scorch).

Noun

torrent (plural torrents)

  1. A violent flow, as of water, lava, etc.; a stream suddenly raised and running rapidly, as down a precipice.
  2. (figuratively) A large amount or stream of something.
    • 1907, E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey, Part III, XXXI [Uniform ed., p. 278]:
      On the banks of the grey torrent of life, love is the only flower.
Derived terms
Related terms
  • torrid
  • toast
Translations

Adjective

torrent (comparative more torrent, superlative most torrent)

  1. Rolling or rushing in a rapid stream.

See also

  • barrage
  • inundate
  • deluge
  • torrential

Etymology 2

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

Noun

torrent (plural torrents)

  1. (Internet, file sharing) A set of files obtainable through a peer-to-peer network, especially BitTorrent.
Translations

Verb

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.
Derived terms
  • torrenter

Catalan

Noun

torrent m (plural torrents)

  1. torrent

French

Etymology

From Italian torrente, from Latin torrens.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tɔ.ʁɑ̃/

Noun

torrent m (plural torrents)

  1. A torrent

Descendants

  • English: torrent
  • Romanian: torent

Further reading

  • “torrent” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Latin

Verb

torrent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of torreō

Welsh

Alternative forms

  • torren (colloquial)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɔrɛnt/

Verb

torrent

  1. (literary) third-person plural imperfect/conditional of torri
  2. (literary) third-person plural imperative of torri

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