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
Other crews reported some turbulence while approaching the runway, and a slight crosswind.
There’s more turbulence on the climate change front.
Washington’s turbulence has yet to redound to the benefit of Democrats, and the Montana victory soothed some Republican nerves.
In other words, the headline generating turbulence of the Trump presidency may simply be marking the beginning of a longer unsettled era in American politics as the two parties transform themselves in the coming months and years.
But these other spinoffs—which usually entail grafting a Norwegian Air à la carte model onto a traditional airline—have hit some turbulence.
Few in Beijing want turbulence in the economy or financial markets in the months leading up to the event.
Airplanes are designed to withstand extreme turbulence and the wings of an airplane can actually bend up to 90 degrees.
And some are in Toulouse, France, at Airbus’ plant, looking at the various tests and simulations conducted to make sure the airplanes can handle turbulence and other forces.
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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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