turbulence

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noun tur·bu·lence \ˈtər-byə-lən(t)s\

Definition of turbulence

  1. :  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

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First Known Use: 1595

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Examples of turbulence in a sentence

  1. The plane hit quite a bit of turbulence during our flight.

  2. A period of turbulence preceded the riots.

1595

First Known Use of turbulence

1595


TURBULENCE Defined for English Language Learners

turbulence

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noun tur·bu·lence \ˈtər-byə-lən(t)s\

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

turbulence

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noun tur·bu·lence \ˈtər-byə-ləns\

Definition of turbulence for Students

  1. :  irregular movements of air currents The ride got rough when the plane hit turbulence.



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