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torrent
used in The War of the Worlds

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an overwhelming amount — especially of quickly moving water
  • I say splashed, for the storm water was sweeping the sand down the hill in a muddy torrent.
    1.10 — Book 1 Chapter 10 — In the Storm (83% in)
  • It was very dark indeed in the wood, for the lightning was now becoming infrequent, and the hail, which was pouring down in a torrent, fell in columns through the gaps in the heavy foliage.
    1.10 — Book 1 Chapter 10 — In the Storm (76% in)
  • CHAPTER SIXTEEN THE EXODUS FROM LONDON So you understand the roaring wave of fear that swept through the greatest city in the world just as Monday was dawning—the stream of flight rising swiftly to a torrent, lashing in a foaming tumult round the railway stations, banked up into a horrible struggle about the shipping in the Thames, and hurrying by every available channel northward and eastward.
    1.16 — Book 1 Chapter 16 — The Exodus from London (1% in)
  • For the main road was a boiling stream of people, a torrent of human beings rushing northward, one pressing on another.
    1.16 — Book 1 Chapter 16 — The Exodus from London (49% in)
  • He saw anger change to terror on the face of the poor wretch on the ground, and in a moment he was hidden and my brother was borne backward and carried past the entrance of the lane, and had to fight hard in the torrent to recover it.
    1.16 — Book 1 Chapter 16 — The Exodus from London (87% in)
  • To force their way into the torrent of people, my brother plunged into the traffic and held back a cab horse, while she drove the pony across its head.
    1.16 — Book 1 Chapter 16 — The Exodus from London (92% in)
  • They swept through Chipping Barnet with the torrent; they were nearly a mile beyond the centre of the town before they had fought across to the opposite side of the way.
    1.16 — Book 1 Chapter 16 — The Exodus from London (95% in)
  • It hit her larboard side and glanced off in an inky jet that rolled away to seaward, an unfolding torrent of Black Smoke, from which the ironclad drove clear.
    1.17 — Book 1 Chapter 17 — The "Thunder Child" (77% in)
  • He talked with his voice rising slowly, through the greater part of the eighth and ninth days—threats, entreaties, mingled with a torrent of half-sane and always frothy repentance for his vacant sham of God's service, such as made me pity him.
    2.4 — Book 2 Chapter 4 — The Death of the Curate (38% in)
  • In the road that runs from the top of Putney Hill to Wimbledon was a number of poor vestiges of the panic torrent that must have poured Londonward on the Sunday night after the fighting began.
    2.7 — Book 2 Chapter 7 — The Man on Putney Hill (13% in)
  • I hurried through the red weed that choked St. Edmund's Terrace (I waded breast-high across a torrent of water that was rushing down from the waterworks towards the Albert Road), and emerged upon the grass before the rising of the sun.
    2.8 — Book 2 Chapter 8 — Dead London (60% in)

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