- the quality or state of being turbulent; violent disorder or commotion.
- Hydraulics. the haphazard secondary motion caused by eddies within a moving fluid.
- Meteorology. irregular motion of the atmosphere, as that indicated by gusts and lulls in the wind.
Origin of turbulence
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It was a breezy afternoon, with some turbulency in the camp, and much windy discussion over this unwonted delay of justice.Found At Blazing Star
rarely turbulency (ˈtɜːbjʊˌlənsɪ)
- a state or condition of confusion, movement, or agitation; disorder
- meteorol local instability in the atmosphere, oceans, or rivers
- turbulent flow in a liquid or gas
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Word Origin and History for turbulency
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- Chaotic or unstable eddying motion in a fluid. Avoiding excessive turbulence generated around moving objects (such as airplanes), which can make their motion inefficient and difficult to control, is a major factor in aerodynamic design.
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