from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Violently agitated or disturbed; tumultuous: turbulent rapids.
- adj. Having a chaotic or restless character or tendency: a turbulent period in history.
- adj. Causing unrest or disturbance; unruly: turbulent, revolutionary undercurrents.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. violently disturbed or agitated; tempestuous, tumultuous
- adj. being in, or causing, disturbance or unrest
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; roused to violent commotion.
- adj. Disposed to insubordination and disorder; restless; unquiet; refractory.
- adj. Producing commotion; disturbing; exciting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; being in violent commotion: as, the turbulent ocean.
- Restless; unquiet; refractory; disposed to insubordination and disorder; hence, violent; tumultuous; riotous; disorderly.
- Producing commotion or agitation; inducing turbulence.
- Synonyms and Obstreperous, uproarious, brawling; seditious, mutinous, revolutionary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
- adj. (of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence
Other times it is like what they call a turbulent bore or a rush of white water that goes in.
His appeal came at the end of what he called a "turbulent" week for the banking industry after disgraced former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Fred Goodwin was stripped of his knighthood.
Finding a peaceful path to follow is possible even while living in turbulent Mexico City and in these turbulent times.
Oil analyst Bright Simons points to other concerns, including possible security issues in turbulent West Africa.
His would be the perfect voice of the pilot coming over the speaker in turbulent weather.
From this perspective – and especially in turbulent times – business must remain committed to improving their core capabilities.
Marti called our America as opposed to the other America which he called the turbulent and brutal North that despises us. [applause]
An exclusive excerpt, edited and introduced by Douglas Brinkley, recalls the turbulent sweep of the era Reagan dominated, including his takes on being shot, Israel's bombing of Iraq, the Challenger explosion, Iran-contra, and his chemistry with Gorbachev. by
PAUL: Over the last year and a half we have been through what I would call a turbulent time from the media side in terms of people viewing whether this is a good thing or a bad thing and is it something that helps America or hurts America?
After a year that even the most superhuman of beings would best describe as turbulent, The Fall return with yet another album (the 31st to be approx., but hey, who's counting?)