- The definition of turbulent is something characterized by chaos, confusion, disorder or conflict.
- 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.
- 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: Fr from Classical Latin turbulentus from turba, a crowd: see turbid
- turbulently adverb
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- Violently agitated or disturbed; tumultuous: turbulent rapids.
- Having a chaotic or restless character or tendency: a turbulent period in history.
- Causing unrest or disturbance; unruly: turbulent, revolutionary undercurrents.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin turbulentus, from turba, turmoil; see turbid.
- turˈbu·lent·ly adverb