adjective tur·bu·lent \-lənt\

: moving in an irregular or violent way

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

Full Definition of TURBULENT

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


Latin turbulentus, from turba confusion, crowd — more at turbid
First Known Use: 1538

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr


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