noun tur·bu·lence \ˈtər-byə-lən(t)s\

: sudden, violent movements of air or water

: a state of confusion, violence, or disorder

Full Definition of TURBULENCE

:  the quality or state of being turbulent: as
a :  great commotion or agitation <emotional turbulence>
b :  irregular atmospheric motion especially when characterized by up-and-down currents
c :  departure in a fluid from a smooth flow

Examples of TURBULENCE

  1. The plane hit quite a bit of turbulence during our flight.
  2. A period of turbulence preceded the riots.

First Known Use of TURBULENCE



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