Simple Definition of turbulent
: moving in an irregular or violent way
: full of confusion, violence, or disorder : not stable or steady
Examples of turbulent in a sentence
Turbulent waters caused the boat to capsize.
The sixties were a turbulent period in American history.
Origin and Etymology of turbulent
Latin turbulentus, from turba confusion, crowd — more at turbid
First Known Use: 1538
TURBULENT Defined for Kids
Definition of turbulent for Students
: causing or being in a state of unrest, violence, or disturbance <turbulent protests> <turbulent weather>
Word Root of turbulent
The Latin word turba, meaning “disorder,” gives us the root turb. Words from the Latin turba have something to do with disorder. To disturb is to cause disorder to something or to someone's feelings. To perturb, or trouble, is to cause disorder to someone's mind. Anything turbulent is in a state of violence or disorder.
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