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Definition of turbulent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1in which there is a lot of sudden change, confusion, disagreement, and sometimes violence a short and turbulent career in politics a turbulent part of the world turbulent emotions
  2. 2(of air or water) changing direction suddenly and violently The aircraft is designed to withstand turbulent conditions. a turbulent sea/storm (= caused by turbulent water/air)
  3. 3(of people) noisy and/or difficult to control synonym unruly a turbulent crowd
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: turbulent