turbulent flow

noun

Definition of turbulent flow

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 See More

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First Known Use of turbulent flow

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Turbulent flow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbulent%20flow. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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