turbulence

noun tur·bu·lence \ ˈtər-byə-lən(t)s \

Definition of turbulence

:the quality or state of being turbulent: such as
a :great commotion or agitation
  • emotional turbulence
b :irregular atmospheric motion especially when characterized by up-and-down currents
c :departure in a fluid from a smooth flow

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.

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First Known Use of turbulence

1595


TURBULENCE Defined for English Language Learners

turbulence

noun

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

noun tur·bu·lence \ ˈtər-byə-ləns \

Definition of turbulence for Students

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


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