A Word A Day : Turbulence
Saturday, 5th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Noun )
Pronunciation : túr-bye-lenss
1. a state of confusion characterized by unpredictability and uncontrolled change
2. METEOROLOGY : an instability in the atmosphere that disrupts the flow of the wind, causing gusty, unpredictable air currents
3. PHYSICS : eddies or secondary motion within a moving fluid
4. the state or quality of being turbulent
5. state of violent or agitated behavior in a fluid
Origin: 1590–1600 - Latin - turbulentia - turmoil
agitation, commotion, convulsion, disorder, disturbance, helter-skelter, stir1, tumult, turmoil, uproar,confusion, unrest, instability, hurly-burly, furor, chaos, mayhem, havoc
applies only to people.
is confusion and agitation for people and things.
can describe things and people.
calm, order, calmness, peace, quiet, serenity, stillness, tranquility
• A Business man has to face many times of turbulence
• In a time of turbulence
and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power.
• Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence
and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.
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