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.
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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