Definition of Turbulent

1. Adjective. Characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination. "A turbulent and unruly childhood"

Exact synonyms: Disruptive, Riotous, Troubled, Tumultuous
Similar to: Unquiet
Derivative terms: Disrupt, Riot, Tumult, Tumultuousness, Turbulence

2. Adjective. (of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence. "Turbulent rapids"
Exact synonyms: Churning, Roiled, Roiling, Roily
Similar to: Agitated
Derivative terms: Turbulence, Turbulency

Definition of Turbulent

1. a. Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; roused to violent commotion; as, the turbulent ocean.

Definition of Turbulent

1. Adjective. violently disturbed or agitated; tempestuous, tumultuous ¹

2. Adjective. being in, or causing, disturbance or unrest ¹

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Definition of Turbulent

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Turbulent

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

Literary usage of Turbulent

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

1. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds (1889)
"traveller, an indefatigable workman, a Bohemian of the purest water, a turbulent bravo, ... turbulent ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1831)
"(84) method; and the turbulent Barbarians, who might have disdained the sentence of the magistrate, submissively acquiesced in the judgment of God. ..."

3. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"Achitophel, For close designs, and crooked counsels fit ; Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit : — (Page 111, lines 152, 153.) the cunning counselor who ..."

4. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1809)
"... being probably a rude fortification thrown up during the turbulent times, when the barons of the country were engaged in perpetual ans of ..."

5. The History of Political Parties in the Province of New York, 1760-1776 by Carl Lotus Becker (1908)
"Cripple Creek was in a turbulent condition for some time. The criminal elements that had come into the city during the strike were not easy to get rid of. ..."

6. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"interspersed give, whether true or false, a vivid picture of the turbulent condition of court life at the time of Frederic the Great and Maria Theresa, ..."

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