- An example of a turbulent time was the era of the Vietnam war protests.
- An example of turbulent is water that moves unsteadily or has high waves.
The definition of turbulent is something characterized by chaos, confusion, disorder or conflict.
full of commotion or wild disorder; specif.,
- marked by or causing turmoil; unruly or boisterous: a turbulent mob
- violently agitated; tumultuous: turbulent grief
- marked by wildly irregular motion: turbulent air currents
Origin of turbulentFrench from Classical Latin turbulentus from turba, a crowd: see turbid
- Moving rapidly or violently: turbulent rapids.
- Characterized by disorder, commotion, or unrest: a turbulent period in history.
Origin of turbulentMiddle English from Old French from Latin turbulentus from turba turmoil ; see turbid .
(comparative more turbulent, superlative most turbulent)
From Latin turbulentus, from turba (“disorder, tumult").