- Turbulence is instability, unsteadiness or disorder.
- When air moves in an unstable manner that causes a plane to bounce around and give a bumpy ride to passengers, this is an example of turbulence.
- When you experience a lot of ups and downs in your personal life, this is an example of a time of turbulence.
the condition or quality of being turbulent; specif.,
- commotion or wild disorder
- violent, irregular motion or swirling agitation of water, air, gas, etc.
Origin of turbulenceLate Latin turbulentia
- The state or quality of being turbulent: times of turbulence and confusion.
- Turbulent flow.
- An eddying motion of the atmosphere that interrupts the flow of wind.
(countable and uncountable, plural turbulences)
- (uncountable) The state or fact of being turbulent or agitated; tempestuousness, disturbance.
- (uncountable) Disturbance in a gas or fluid, characterized by evidence of internal motion or unrest.
- (uncountable) Specifically, a state of agitation or disturbance in the air which is disruptive to an aircraft.
- An instance or type of such state or disturbance.