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I’m afraid of such turbulent rapids.
  a state of disturbance and disorder


of liquid or gas:  rough (rapid and irregular flow)
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turbulence turbulent turbulently
Strongly Associated with:   turbid
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  • I’m afraid of such turbulent rapids.
  • turbulent economic times
  • a turbulent and unruly childhood
  • For two hours his mind roiled with turbulent thoughts before he fell into a restless, tortured sleep.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear

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  • ...the plane hit a small bit of turbulence.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • My beginning was extremely turbulent, being pushed and pulled in every direction.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • The Milwaukee Braves won the World Series, and the hot winds of change that would make the sixties a turbulent, racing, dangerous, and provocative decade had not yet begun to blow full.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • she admires him, as though ... his temper, his massive dreams and little cruelties, served her only as sharp reminders of the turbulent longings within him,
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • I was researching how fish swim in turbulent flow and discovered that they could surf on swirling eddies without using much muscle.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Wind whipped through the wide hole; any one of them could go tumbling to their death if they hit turbulence.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials

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  • Normal measures of time don’t seem to apply, and the unpredictable turbulence of flight fills the dark space with an ever-present tension.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • "There’s supposed to be turbulence when we enter Earth’s atmosphere."
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • His face was pulled taut, his eyes turbulent.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • She stared back toward Second Avenue, her dark eyes turbulent.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • It was the first time I remember having the dream of floating down the turbulent river toward the waterfall.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Wide as the widest street in Ember, churning and dipping and swirling, the river roared past, its turbulent surface like black, liquid glass scattered with flecks of light.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • An Yi had been sent away to spend the summer with her grandparents in Shandong, away from Shanghai’s turbulence.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Werner has been reading the popular science magazines in the drugstore; he’s interested in wave turbulence, tunnels to the center of the earth, the Nigerian method of relaying news over distances with drums.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • But the 1960s and the turbulence of social change and the ominous presence of the unholy Asian war killed my dreams of flight and soldierdom.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • His voice, though restrained, was, I felt, charged with turbulent emotion.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Riding a cyclone to the bottom of the ocean definitely gave him some unexpected turbulence.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Like a fashion drawing come to life, she turned heads wherever she went, gliding along obliviously without appearing to notice the turbulence she created in her wake; her eyes were spaced far apart, her ears were small, high-set, and very close to her head, and her body was long-waisted and thin, like an elegant weasel’s.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • With his infinite capacity for calming turbulent seas, he could make a rape case as dry as a sermon.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But it is a turbulent crowd, your excellency—I hardly managed to get away from it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I saw that turbulent emotions possessed her, so I asked what I thought would be some sedative questions about her little girl.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I also understood, due to the death of my father when I was a teenager and the turbulent times my family experienced afterward, what it is like to struggle economically.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • A woman who will be like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied butshaped by the turbulence that washes over her.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • They signaled the dividing line between the turbulence of the town and its sins and the quiet peace of the hills of the llano.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • This person, a sailor, of turbulent character, and whom I suspected of Bonapartism, has been secretly to the Island of Elba.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But Nikki’s hands were full with her own turbulent high school experience, which was about to come to a close.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Finally, with a great sloshing noise, the ship emerged entirely, bobbing on the turbulent water, and began to glide toward the bank.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • When they were gone, the Spaniards and Englishmen would often say to one another, _O how peaceably do we now live, since these turbulent fellows have left us!
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • During the summer months, however, superheated air rises from the scorched earth like bubbles from the bottom of a boiling kettle, rushing heavenward in turbulent convection currents.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Twenty thousand feet above the Mediterranean, Alitalia flight 1618 bounced in turbulence, causing passengers to shift nervously.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The plane jostled across some turbulence, and Langdon felt a surge of danger.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The turbulent water was filled with debris, enough to knock anyone unconscious.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • There came a turbulent stream of men across the fields.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Those three years began to seem like a turbulent nightmare.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Janie was tired and limping, but she had not had to do that hard swimming in the turbulent waters, so Tea Cake was much worse off.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • [The pilot] is maintaining his present course at Mach .73, even though embedded thunderstorms have been reported in your area and you encounter moderate turbulence.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • A squiggle of turbulence, or a crewman walking inside the fuselage, would tip the plane off its axis.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It was now early spring, and the river was swollen and turbulent; great cakes of floating ice were swinging heavily to and fro in the turbid waters.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • They soon relinquish this turbulence though, and when about three-fourths grown, break up, and separately go about in quest of settlements, that is, harems.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • South of Rivendell they rose ever higher, and bent westwards; and about the feet of the main range there was tumbled an ever wider land of bleak hills, and deep valleys filled with turbulent waters.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Every spot of turbulence was scarier than a Greek monster.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • The remorseless sea of turbulently swaying shapes, voices of vengeance, and faces hardened in the furnaces of suffering until the touch of pity could make no mark on them.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • In order to make one’s way amid these turbulent and conflicting waves, it was necessary to be an officer, a great noble, or a pretty woman.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Often the shooter will have a turbulent relationship with his parents, or will have parents who accept pathological behavior.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • They were often very turbulent meetings, with half a dozen men declaiming at once, in as many dialects of English; but the speakers were all desperately in earnest, and Jurgis was in earnest too, for he understood that a fight was on, and that it was his fight.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Everything was so quiet, and neat, and orderly; everybody so kind and gentle; that after the noise and turbulence in the midst of which he had always lived, it seemed like Heaven itself.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
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