turbulent flow


: a fluid flow in which the velocity at a given point varies erratically in magnitude and direction compare laminar flow

Examples of turbulent flow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the news is not all good: Odor plumes are almost always turbulent, and turbulent flow makes searching by gradient wildly inefficient. Dana MacKenzie, Discover Magazine, 20 Mar. 2023 The strengthening fields, in turn, generated their own turbulent flow of stellar material. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 24 Jan. 2023 But their parents were looking even happier, running the intended science experiments with those toys and reading up on Bernoulli’s Principle, turbulent flow, and the like. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2011 But whereas the earlier team found Kolmogorov scaling—the subsonic turbulent flow underlying the convection currents in stars as well as Earth's atmosphere—the Australian duo found supersonic turbulence. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Nov. 2021 Named after the 19th-century physicist Osborne Reynolds, the concept is especially useful for predicting when a fluid will transition to turbulent flow. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of turbulent flow was in 1895

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“Turbulent flow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbulent%20flow. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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