Crossword clues for turbulent
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Turbulent \Tur"bu*lent\, a. [L. turbulentus, fr. turba disorder, tumult: cf. F. turbulent. See Turbid.]
Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; roused to violent commotion; as, the turbulent ocean.
Calm region once, And full of peace, now tossed and turbulent.
Disposed to insubordination and disorder; restless; unquiet; refractory; as, turbulent spirits.
Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit.
Producing commotion; disturbing; exciting.
Whose heads that turbulent liquor fills with fumes.
Syn: Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; riotous; seditious; insubordinate; refractory; unquiet.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 15c., "disorderly, tumultuous, unruly" (of persons), from Middle French turbulent (12c.), from Latin turbulentus "full of commotion, restless, disturbed, boisterous, stormy," figuratively "troubled, confused," from turba "turmoil, crowd" (see turbid). In reference to weather, from 1570s. Related: Turbulently.
a. 1 Violently disturbed or agitated; tempestuous, tumultuous. 2 Being in, or causing, disturbance or unrest.
adj. characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination; "effects of the struggle will be violent and disruptive"; "riotous times"; "these troubled areas"; "the tumultuous years of his administration"; "a turbulent and unruly childhood" [syn: disruptive, riotous, troubled, tumultuous]
Usage examples of "turbulent".
As he studied her sleeping face, he ached inside to stop the car and take hold of her, to whisper her name against her mouth, to tell her how much he loved her, how much he wanted her, so much that already his body-He cursed under his breath, reminding himself that he was closer now to forty than to twenty and that the turbulent, uncontrollable reaction of his body to the merest thought of touching her was the reaction of an immature boy, not an adult man.
These were turbulent days in the New House, but Bibbs had no part whatever in the turbulence--he seemed an absent-minded stranger, present by accident and not wholly aware that he was present.
He quickly applied power and pulled back on the stick, dropped the flaps, and the Norseman rose back into the turbulent cloud again, shuddering as it was sucked up into the air and the buffeting resumed as before.
The solemn chanting moved Sandy deeply, despite the fact he knew almost nothing of the man the dirge commemorated or of the turbulent world he lived in.
Currently, however, thanks to Pierre Celsus, the rage had now become that lovely child of the petroleum refinery, the fluidized reaction, in which hot gases having composition A streamed up through a turbulent mass of tiny catalyst particles, while simultaneously suspending that mass, to emerge at the top of the bed with composition B.
But immediately after the young mountains were born, the rain and the glaciers had begun their work, gouging and eroding, washing the mountains back to the sea: On this turbulent planet, rock flowed like water, and mountain ranges rose and fell like dreams.
Eyes wide and turbulent, Aurelie watched her inamorato enter the little one-horse carriage.
The turbulent surface darkened, and Lok cried out once from suppressed emotion.
Was there a man, woman, or child, from the Cliffs of Moher to Achill Island, that did not know the dainty five-ton yacht, which, as a contrast to his own turbulent spirit, he had so named?
So, in those turbulent times, it was a blessing and a delight to have a strong nagus like Rom.
She had found the cabin exactly where he had said it would be, a few kilometers above the top of the chairlift, just north of the saddleback behind which lay the very nascence of the turbulent American River.
Hans did not see that Frank was little like his usual jovial self, and he did not know in what a turbulent state of mind the unfortunate plebe was left.
Barring mechanical failures, turbulent weather and terrorist acts, Tweedy said, an aircraft traveling at the speed of sound may be the last refuge of gracious living and civilized manners known to man.
I hereby inform you that the deserter and turbulent Cossack of the Don, Imiliane Pougatcheff, after having been guilty of the unpardonable insolence of usurping the name of the deceased Emperor Peter III, has assembled a troop of brigands, disturbed the villages of the Iaik, and has even taken and destroyed several fortresses, at the same time committing everywhere robberies and assassinations.
What madness, while every thing is so happily settled under ancient forms and institutions, now more exactly poised and adjusted, to try the hazardous experiment of a new constitution, and renounce the mature wisdom of our ancestors for the crude whimseys of turbulent innovators!