- 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 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").