- 1Characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion; not stable or calm: the country’s turbulent history her turbulent emotionsMore example sentences
- It's intense and turbulent and chaotic and calming and rhythmic all at the same time.
- Its structures, planes and buildings emit an emotional charge, rooted in the city's turbulent history.
- Built by Edward Longshanks and destroyed by the Duke of Cumberland's army as it advanced towards Culloden, Linlithgow Palace stands at the heart of Scotland's turbulent history.
- 1.1(Of air or water) moving unsteadily or violently: the turbulent seaMore example sentences
- Sorting is one result of the movement of sediment transported by turbulent air or water.
- The turbulent air is cooled, and this causes condensation and consequently an extensive stratus cloud is often formed.
- In rougher, more turbulent water, trout are much harder to see.
- 1.2 • technical Relating to or denoting flow of a fluid in which the velocity at any point fluctuates irregularly and there is continual mixing rather than a steady or laminar flow pattern.More example sentences
- Instabilities appear in the flow as Re increases, and all flows become turbulent at sufficiently large Reynolds numbers.
- Boundary layers have to be modelled with particular attention to the possible change from turbulent to laminar flow.
- He studied the change in a flow along a pipe when it goes from laminar flow to turbulent flow.
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- Slightly off-centre, a constant whirlpool swirls and churns turbulently, sometimes spitting up a boiling fount.
- Johnny can see the light at the end of the tunnel, as he dances around the fire and refuses any tribal talk about why it is turbulently raging.
- The urge to write has always been turbulently strong within her, and she has relieved this through the years by writing short stories.
late Middle English: from Latin turbulentus 'full of commotion', from turba 'crowd'.