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Definition of "turbulence" []

  • The state or quality of being turbulent: times of turbulence and confusion. (noun)
  • Turbulent flow. (noun)
  • An eddying motion of the atmosphere that interrupts the flow of wind. (noun)
  • A state or condition of confusion, movement, or agitation; disorder (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Local instability in the atmosphere, oceans, or rivers (noun)
  • Turbulent flow in a liquid or gas (noun)

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Use "turbulence" in a sentence
  • "The strong distortion of laser fields in turbulence is due in large part to the coherent nature of a laser beam, which means that phase distortions in the laser field result in interference of the beam with itself and large fluctuations in the beam intensity."
  • "Claire McCaskill is returning the private jet she used taxpayer dollars to fly, prompting roughly 432,481,021 pun-tastic articles using the word "turbulence.""
  • "Whenever you believe that the present state of turbulence is destined to become a permanent condition, trouble brews."