The state or quality of being turbulent: times of turbulence and confusion. (noun)
An eddying motion of the atmosphere that interrupts the flow of wind.(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."