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ˈtɜr byə lənttur·bu·lent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disruptive, riotous, troubled, tumultuous, turbulentadjective

    characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination

    "effects of the struggle will be violent and disruptive"; "riotous times"; "these troubled areas"; "the tumultuous years of his administration"; "a turbulent and unruly childhood"

  2. churning, roiling, roiled, roily, turbulentadjective

    (of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence

    "the river's roiling current"; "turbulent rapids"


  1. turbulentadjective

    violently disturbed or agitated; tempestuous, tumultuous

    It is dangerous to sail in turbulent seas.

  2. turbulentadjective

    being in, or causing, disturbance or unrest

    The mid-19th century was a turbulent time in American history.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Turbulentad.

    Etymology: turbulentus, Lat.

    From the clear milky juice allaying
    Thirst, and refresh’d; nor envy’d them the grape,
    Whose heads that turbulent liquor fills with fumes. John Milton.

    Calm region once,
    And full of peace; now tost, and turbulent! John Milton.

    What wondrous sort of death has heav’n design’d
    For so untam’d, so turbulent a mind? Dryden.

    Nor need we tell what anxious cares attend
    The turbulent mirth of wine, nor all the kinds
    Of maladies that lead to death’s grim cave,
    Wrought by intemperance. Dryden.

    Men of ambitious and turbulent spirits, that were dissatisfied with privacy, were allowed to engage in matters of state. Richard Bentley.


  1. Turbulent

    In fluid dynamics, turbulence or turbulent flow is fluid motion characterized by chaotic changes in pressure and flow velocity. It is in contrast to a laminar flow, which occurs when a fluid flows in parallel layers, with no disruption between those layers.Turbulence is commonly observed in everyday phenomena such as surf, fast flowing rivers, billowing storm clouds, or smoke from a chimney, and most fluid flows occurring in nature or created in engineering applications are turbulent.: 2  Turbulence is caused by excessive kinetic energy in parts of a fluid flow, which overcomes the damping effect of the fluid's viscosity. For this reason turbulence is commonly realized in low viscosity fluids. In general terms, in turbulent flow, unsteady vortices appear of many sizes which interact with each other, consequently drag due to friction effects increases. This increases the energy needed to pump fluid through a pipe. The onset of turbulence can be predicted by the dimensionless Reynolds number, the ratio of kinetic energy to viscous damping in a fluid flow. However, turbulence has long resisted detailed physical analysis, and the interactions within turbulence create a very complex phenomenon. Richard Feynman described turbulence as the most important unsolved problem in classical physics.The turbulence intensity affects many fields, for examples fish ecology, air pollution, precipitation, and climate change.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Turbulentadjective

    disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; roused to violent commotion; as, the turbulent ocean

  2. Turbulentadjective

    disposed to insubordination and disorder; restless; unquiet; refractory; as, turbulent spirits

  3. Turbulentadjective

    producing commotion; disturbing; exciting

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Turbulent

    tur′bū-lent, adj. tumultuous, disturbed: in violent commotion: disposed to disorder: restless: producing commotion.—ns. Tur′bulence, Tur′bulency.—adv. Tur′bulently. [Fr.,—L. turbulentusturba, a crowd.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of turbulent in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of turbulent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of turbulent in a Sentence

  1. Le Cun:

    When I was first sucked into the pipe, it was so turbulent it was unbelievable, i had to hang onto my mask. It was 20-30 seconds before I got my bearings.

  2. Chris Cuomo:

    It was a mistake … When my brother's situation became turbulent, being looped into calls with other friends of his and advisors that did include some of his staff — I understand why that was a problem for CNN.

  3. Ashima:

    Don't temper with a turbulent river, you may never be found to celebrate your victory!

  4. Nick Stace:

    It appears that in the last 12 months nothing has happened to improve the way young people are feeling about their lives, social media has become omnipresent in the lives of young people and this research suggests it is exacerbating what is already an uncertain and emotionally turbulent time.

  5. Le Maire:

    This is the moment of truth for the Franco-German relationship, the hour of reckoning for the future of the euro zone, either in the next few hours the president and the chancellor reach an agreement and accomplish a significant step in strengthening the euro zone. Or they are unable to and we will return, and I don't hesitate to say so, to turbulent times for the euro zone and for the European Union more widely.

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