Definition of turbulence
: the quality or state of being turbulent: such asa : great commotion or agitation emotional turbulenceb : irregular atmospheric motion especially when characterized by up-and-down currentsc : departure in a fluid from a smooth flow
Examples of turbulence in a Sentence
The plane hit quite a bit of turbulence during our flight.
A period of turbulence preceded the riots.
Recent Examples of turbulence from the Web
There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable.
The men who built the Royals still believe in this team, still believe after a nine-game skid, and a torrid June, and a 2017 season that has offered more turbulence and twisting turns than the Zambezi Zinger.
But Soon-Shiong, 64, lately has been battling turbulence surrounding his business interests, which is nothing new for the South Africa native.
ANA Flight 008 then passes through a temporary wrinkle in the local region of space-time, experienced inside the cabin as a barely perceptible bout of turbulence.
Clinton has proceeded through the early turbulence with a certain dignity.
Global stock markets collectively had their best opening half-year in years, a strong run capped by turbulence this week that could be a harbinger of greater volatility in the second half of the year.
The fact that the drone landed correctly is noteworthy considering that last summer’s test flight had a rocky ending, with strong winds and turbulence leading to technical errors in its autopilot system and the drone’s right wing snapping off.
Better tools can improve safety, shorten flights, get planes out of turbulence faster and reduce delays.
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First Known Use of turbulence
TURBULENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of turbulence for English Language Learners
: sudden, violent movements of air or water
: a state of confusion, violence, or disorder
TURBULENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of turbulence for Students
: irregular movements of air currents The ride got rough when the plane hit turbulence.
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