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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[ tûr′byə-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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