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English noun: turbulence

1. turbulence (phenomenon) unstable flow of a liquid or gas


Synonymsturbulency


Broader (hypernym)physical phenomenon


Narrower (hyponym)countercurrent, crosscurrent, rip, riptide, tide rip

2. turbulence (state) instability in the atmosphere


Broader (hypernym)bad weather, inclemency, inclementness


Narrower (hyponym)clear-air turbulence

3. turbulence (state) a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)


SamplesThe industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence.


SynonymsSturm und Drang, upheaval


Broader (hypernym)disorder


Narrower (hyponym)agitation, ferment, fermentation, roller coaster, tempestuousness, unrest, violence


Domain categorygovernment, political science, politics









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