Adjective "turbulent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion; not stable or calm.
  1. 'her turbulent emotions'
  2. 'I think that most other nationalities have had a turbulent enough history to know that one can never relax, that nothing is forever, that society is constantly making and re-making itself.'
  3. 'The book is a well-balanced account of both the baseball of the '30s and the larger social history of that turbulent era.'
  4. 'Its structures, planes and buildings emit an emotional charge, rooted in the city's turbulent history.'
  5. 'The history of Romany gipsies and Irish travellers in Yorkshire is a long and turbulent one - and conflict with locals and the authorities is nothing new.'
  6. 'On no occasion throughout that turbulent history was an eventual withdrawal from the convertibility regime put under serious public discussion.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'After the most turbulent year in the history of the Olympic Games, Kevan Gosper has written an account of his life in sport, from being an athlete, through his years as a sports administrator.'
  9. 'Since its introduction by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, quality assurance of teaching has had a relatively brief but turbulent history.'
  10. 'Evidence of the region's turbulent history is everywhere.'
  11. 'During its turbulent history it had known dozens of presidents, but their efforts to rule had been fruitless, invariably with blood flowing.'
  12. 'In these turbulent waters, the American Navy navigates the political shoals and does what it does best.'
  13. 'A mass of waves were sweeping the shoreline, and the turbulent water toppled trees and swept them towards both ends of the lake, now spread twice as wide as it had once been.'
  14. 'The turbulent water produces millions of air bubbles that circle about your mask and add to the thrill of the current.'
  15. 'Looking down at the turbulent waters below, she took a deep breath and prayed.'
  16. 'If the air was turbulent, maintaining a tight formation was a real chore.'
  17. 'He kicked and slapped the his way through the turbulent water in a desperate attempt to break through to the surface and breathe.'
  18. 'Ironically, wave power is produced not by water but by the air currents that are trapped and then pushed around by the turbulent waters.'
  19. 'In rougher, more turbulent water, trout are much harder to see.'
  20. 'Jimmy took off and flew all the way through turbulent air to land at Newark at 3: 51 pm.'
  21. 'The North Sea is an enchanting voyage across alternately silky and turbulent waters.'
  22. 'He studied the change in a flow along a pipe when it goes from laminar flow to turbulent flow.'
  23. 'Instabilities appear in the flow as Re increases, and all flows become turbulent at sufficiently large Reynolds numbers.'
  24. 'The flows can also be turbulent, which means there is little hope of solving the necessary equations.'


1. being in a state of agitation or tumult; disturbed: turbulent feelings or emotions.

2. characterized by, or showing disturbance, disorder, etc.: the turbulent years.

3. given to acts of violence and aggression: the turbulent young soldiers.

More examples(as adjective)

"markets can be turbulent in environments."

"markets can be turbulent for weeks."

"markets can be turbulent for months."

"tradings can be turbulent on places."

"premierships can be turbulent in/at/on months."

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Late Middle English: from Latin turbulentus ‘full of commotion’, from turba ‘crowd’.