- 1Violent or unsteady movement of air or water, or of some other fluid: the plane shuddered as it entered some turbulenceMore example sentences
- Frictional turbulence is where a layer of wind passing across land or sea generates disturbances within itself.
- Turbidity currents are high-density flows in which the sediment is supported by the upward component of fluid turbulence.
- His doctoral dissertation, presented to Munich in 1923, was on turbulence in fluid streams.
- 1.1A state of conflict or confusion: political turbulenceMore example sentences
- The political and economic turbulence of the Civil War years intensified their troubles.
- What is happening is that all this turbulence and confusion makes us nervous and defensive.
- They would not carry the research overheads of universities and would remain free of political turbulence.
late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin turbulentia, from turbulentus 'full of commotion' (see turbulent).