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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Turbulent \Tur"bu*lent\, adjective [L. turbulentus, fr. turba disorder, tumult: cf. F. turbulent. See {Turbid}.]

1. Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; roused to violent commotion; as, the turbulent ocean.

Calm region once, And full of peace, now tossed and turbulent. --Milton.

2. Disposed to insubordination and disorder; restless; unquiet; refractory; as, turbulent spirits.

Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit. --Dryden.

3. Producing commotion; disturbing; exciting.

Whose heads that turbulent liquor fills with fumes. --Milton.

Syn: Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; riotous; seditious; insubordinate; refractory; unquiet.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

turbulent

adjective

1: 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}, {turbulent}]

2: (of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence; "the river's roiling current"; "turbulent rapids" [syn: {churning}, {roiling}, {roiled}, {roily}, {turbulent}]


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