Definition of turbulent
- turbulent air
- a turbulent marriage
- a set of mischievous, turbulent rebels
- —Anne Brönte
Turbulent waters caused the boat to capsize.
The sixties were a turbulent period in American history.
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Some people lead turbulent lives, and some are constantly in the grip of turbulent emotions. The late 1960s are remembered as turbulent years of social revolution in America and Europe. Often the captain of an airplane will warn passengers to fasten their seatbelts because of upper-air turbulence, which can make for a bumpy ride. El Niño, a seasonal current of warm water in the Pacific Ocean, may create turbulence in the winds across the United States, affecting patterns of rainfall and temperature as well.
: moving in an irregular or violent way
: full of confusion, violence, or disorder : not stable or steady
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