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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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