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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)
  • We were going through turbulent economic times when I graduated.
  • turbulent = rough
  • The plane jerked as it went through some turbulence.
  • turbulence = irregular wind
  • 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
  • turbulence = rough winds
  • A woman who will be like a rock in a riverbed, enduring without complaint, her grace not sullied but shaped by the turbulence that washes over her.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • turbulence = rough waters (figuratively)
  • I wondered how Richard was navigating the turbulent waters between his normal wife and his abnormal parents.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • turbulent = rough
  • Fast-moving, dark clouds streamed just above her head, blocking the sunlight and obscuring the signs of eddies and turbulence.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • turbulence = rough water
  • 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
  • turbulent = disorderly
  • 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
  • ...the plane hit a small bit of turbulence.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • turbulence = irregular wind (causing sudden jerks)
  • 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
  • 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
  • turbulent = rough
  • 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)
  • 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
  • turbulence = irregular movement through air
  • Twenty thousand feet above the Mediterranean, Alitalia flight 1618 bounced in turbulence, causing passengers to shift nervously.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • turbulence = rough wind
  • 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
  • turbulent = rough
  • [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
  • turbulence = rough winds
  • 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
  • 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)

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