Definition of turbulent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɜːbjələnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrbjələnt//
    [usually before noun]
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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) They jumped off the cliff into the turbulent waters below.
  3. 3(of people) noisy and/or difficult to control synonym unruly a turbulent crowd
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin turbulentus ‘full of commotion’, from turba ‘crowd’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: turbulent