Definition of Turbulence

1. Noun. Unstable flow of a liquid or gas.

Exact synonyms: Turbulency
Specialized synonyms: Countercurrent, Crosscurrent, Rip, Riptide, Tide Rip
Generic synonyms: Physical Phenomenon
Derivative terms: Turbulent, Turbulent

2. Noun. Instability in the atmosphere.
Generic synonyms: Bad Weather, Inclemency, Inclementness
Specialized synonyms: Clear-air Turbulence

3. Noun. A state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally). "The industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence"
Exact synonyms: Sturm Und Drang, Upheaval
Category relationships: Government, Political Science, Politics
Generic synonyms: Disorder
Specialized synonyms: Agitation, Ferment, Fermentation, Tempestuousness, Unrest, Roller Coaster, Violence
Derivative terms: Turbulent

Definition of Turbulence

1. n. The quality or state of being turbulent; a disturbed state; tumult; disorder; agitation.

Definition of Turbulence

1. Noun. The state or fact of being turbulent or agitated; tempestuousness, disturbance. ¹

2. Noun. Disturbance in a gas or fluid, characterized by evidence of internal motion or unrest. ¹

3. Noun. Specifically, a state of agitation or disturbance in the air which is disruptive to an aircraft. ¹

4. Noun. An instance or type of such state or disturbance. ¹

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Definition of Turbulence

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Medical Definition of Turbulence

1. Violent macroscopic fluctuations which can develop under certain conditions in fluids and plasmas and which usually result in the rapid transfer of energy through the medium. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Turbulence

turbulence (current term)
turbulence energy
turbulent flow
turbulent heating
turcot syndrome

Literary usage of Turbulence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1843)
"The result has been that Russian research on turbulence is not widely known in other countries. Even in cases where it is known, the research has not always ..."

2. Democracy in Europe: A History by Thomas Erskine May (1878)
"Everywhere the turbulence of the nobles was the turbulence chief cause of the fall of ... by turbulence, faction, and disorders, the citizens were ready to ..."

3. Plasma Physics Of The Local Cosmos by National Academies Press, National Academy of Sciences (U.S., National Research Council (U.S.), United States, Committee on Solar and Space Physics (2004)
"Often the most promising approach to the study of turbulence is simulation coupled ... Various models of turbulence also show promise, although they must be ..."

4. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1906)
"One accused of murder does not, by offering himself as a witness, subject himself to impeachment by evidence as to his character for violence or turbulence. ..."

5. Aerodonetics: Constituting the Second Volume of a Complete Work on Aerial Flight by Frederick William Lanchester (1908)
"Thus the total turbulence energy oj the air handled, and the energy available according to the ... Energy Available in Terms of Total Energy of turbulence. ..."

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