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noun Hydraulics.
the flow of a fluid past an object such that the velocity at any fixed point in the fluid varies irregularly.

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Origin of turbulent flow

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for turbulent flow

turbulent flow

noun
flow of a fluid in which its velocity at any point varies rapidly in an irregular mannerCompare laminar flow See also streamline flow
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Scientific definitions for turbulent flow

turbulent flow
[ tûrbyə-lənt ]

Movement of a fluid in which subcurrents in the fluid display turbulence, moving in irregular patterns, while the overall flow is in one direction. Turbulent flow is common in nonviscous fluids moving at high velocities. Compare laminar flow.
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