If it's raining extremely hard, then the rain is torrential — it's absolutely pouring.

Use torrential to describe something that's happening in torrents, or turbulent flowing streams. When there's a torrential storm, there's so much rain falling so fast that you'll be soaked in about three seconds. If a basketball team's offense just keeps coming and won't stop, you could call it a torrential attack. And if you take your sister's shoes without asking, she might shower you with a torrential tongue-lashing.

Definitions of torrential
  1. adjective
    relating to or resulting from the action of a torrent
    torrential erosion”
    torrential adaptations seen in some aquatic forms”
  2. adjective
    pouring in abundance
    torrential rains”
    present in great quantity
  3. adjective
    resembling a torrent in force and abundance
    torrential applause”
    torrential abuse”
    “"the torrential facility and fecundity characteristic of his style"- Winthrop Sargeant”
    not being under control; out of control
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