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Definition a state of disturbance and disorder


of liquid or gas:  rough (rapid and irregular flow)
  • I'm afraid of such turbulent rapids.
turbulent = rough (with irregular flow)
  • turbulent economic times
  • a turbulent and unruly childhood
  • 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
  • turbulent = rough (disturbed)
  • 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
  • turbulent = disturbing
  • Worried about flying too low and getting nailed by unexpected turbulence, he stayed at least a thousand feet above me, believing all the while he was just off the deck, and never saw my tent in the flat evening light.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • turbulence = irregular winds
  • My beginning was extremely turbulent, being pushed and pulled in every direction.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • turbulent = a state of disturbance and disorder
  • 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
  • turbulent = rough (rapid and irregular flow) (or disturbed and disordered)
  • For two hours his mind roiled with turbulent thoughts before he fell into a restless, tortured sleep.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • turbulent = disturbed and disordered
  • ...the plane hit a small bit of turbulence.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • turbulence = roughness (sudden jerks from irregular air flow)
  • 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
  • turbulent = stormy (in a state of disturbance)
  • 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
  • turbulent = disorderly
  • But his heart was in a constant, turbulent riot.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • turbulent = disturbed
  • 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
  • turbulent = irregular
  • ...I felt that Tom would drift on forever seeking, a little wistfully, for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • turbulence = roughness
  • A steamboat had never yet stemmed its turbulent current.
    Irving, Washington  --  Astoria or Anecdotes  of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains
  • There came a turbulent stream of men across the fields.
    Crane, Stephen  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • It was not yet quite midwinter, and the turbulent Fifty Mile River vindicated his judgment.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • This person, a sailor, of turbulent character, and whom I suspected of Bonapartism, has been secretly to the Island of Elba.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ...the King, who seemed very unfit to rule his turbulent subjects...
    Baum, L. Frank  --  The Emerald City of Oz

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