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turbulent

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adjective tur·bu·lent \-lənt\

Simple Definition of turbulent

  • : moving in an irregular or violent way

  • : full of confusion, violence, or disorder : not stable or steady

Full Definition of turbulent

  1. 1 :  causing unrest, violence, or disturbance <a set of mischievous, turbulent rebels — Anne Brönte>

  2. 2a :  characterized by agitation or tumult :  tempestuous <a turbulent marriage>b :  exhibiting physical turbulence <turbulent air>

tur·bu·lent·ly adverb

Examples of turbulent

  1. Turbulent waters caused the boat to capsize.

  2. The sixties were a turbulent period in American history.



Origin of turbulent

Latin turbulentus, from turba confusion, crowd — more at turbid


First Known Use: 1538

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turbulent

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adjective tur·bu·lent \ˈtər-byə-lənt\

Definition of turbulent

  1. :  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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