What does turbulence mean?

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ˈtɜr byə lənstur·bu·lence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. turbulence, turbulency(noun)

    unstable flow of a liquid or gas

  2. turbulence(noun)

    instability in the atmosphere

  3. turbulence, upheaval, Sturm und Drang(noun)

    a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

    "the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence"


  1. turbulence(Noun)

    The state or fact of being turbulent or agitated; tempestuousness, disturbance.

  2. turbulence(Noun)

    Disturbance in a gas or fluid, characterized by evidence of internal motion or unrest.

  3. turbulence(Noun)

    Specifically, a state of agitation or disturbance in the air which is disruptive to an aircraft.

  4. turbulence(Noun)

    An instance or type of such state or disturbance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Turbulence(noun)

    the quality or state of being turbulent; a disturbed state; tumult; disorder; agitation


  1. Turbulence

    In fluid dynamics, turbulence or turbulent flow is a flow regime characterized by chaotic and stochastic property changes. This includes low momentum diffusion, high momentum convection, and rapid variation of pressure and velocity in space and time. Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman described turbulence as "the most important unsolved problem of classical physics." Flow in which the kinetic energy dies out due to the action of fluid molecular viscosity is called laminar flow. While there is no theorem relating the non-dimensional Reynolds number to turbulence, flows at Reynolds numbers larger than 5000 are typically turbulent, while those at low Reynolds numbers usually remain laminar. In Poiseuille flow, for example, turbulence can first be sustained if the Reynolds number is larger than a critical value of about 2040; moreover, the turbulence is generally interspersed with laminar flow until a larger Reynolds number of about 4000. In turbulent flow, unsteady vortices appear on many scales and interact with each other. Drag due to boundary layer skin friction increases. The structure and location of boundary layer separation often changes, sometimes resulting in a reduction of overall drag. Although laminar-turbulent transition is not governed by Reynolds number, the same transition occurs if the size of the object is gradually increased, or the viscosity of the fluid is decreased, or if the density of the fluid is increased.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of turbulence in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of turbulence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of turbulence in a Sentence

  1. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    If God is your pilot, do not fear any turbulence.

  2. RJ Intindola:

    The best captains endure the most turbulence and greatest storms.

  3. Qiu Yanpeng:

    It is fair to say that the PLA Navy has not brought war or turbulence to any place.

  4. Jim Paulsen:

    To think we are going to unwind this without any market turbulence is unrealistic to me.

  5. Ramsay Clark:

    Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change.

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