[syn: churning, roiling, roiled, roily, turbulent]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Turbulent \Tur"bu*lent\, a. [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.
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.
Syn: Disturbed; agitated; tumultuous; riotous; seditious;
insubordinate; refractory; unquiet.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 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,
2: (of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence;
"the river's roiling current"; "turbulent rapids" [syn:
churning, roiling, roiled, roily, turbulent]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
154 Moby Thesaurus words for "turbulent":
agitated, amiss, anarchic, angry, askew, awry, blaring, blatant,
blatting, blustering, blusterous, blustery, boiling, boisterous,
brassy, brawling, brazen, breakaway, bustling, chaotic, clamant,
clamorous, clamoursome, clanging, clangorous, clattery, cloudy,
coarse, cockeyed, convulsed, cyclonic, deranged, dirty,
disarranged, discomfited, discomposed, disconcerted, dislocated,
disordered, disorderly, disorganized, disquieted, disturbed,
excited, extreme, extremistic, factious, fast, feverish, fidgety,
flurried, flustered, fluttering, fluttery, foul, frantic, frenzied,
fretful, furious, fussing, fussy, haywire, hellish, howling,
in disorder, infuriate, insensate, insurgent, insurrectionary,
jittery, jumpy, loudmouthed, mad, mafficking, mindless, misplaced,
mutineering, mutinous, nervous, nervy, noiseful, noisy,
obstreperous, on the fritz, orgasmic, orgastic, out of gear,
out of joint, out of kelter, out of kilter, out of order,
out of place, out of tune, out of whack, pandemoniac, perturbed,
quarrelsome, rackety, raging, rainy, rambunctious, raucous,
ravening, raving, rebel, rebellious, restless, revolutional,
revolutionary, riotous, rip-roaring, roaring, roily, roisterous,
rough, roughhouse, rowdy, rowdyish, ruffled, rumbustious,
seditionary, seditious, shaken, shaken up, shuffled, stirred up,
storming, stormy, strepitant, strepitous, subversive, swirling,
tempestuous, termagant, tornadic, traitorous, treasonable,
troubled, troublous, tumultuous, turbid, typhonic, typhoonish,
uncontrollable, uneasy, uninhibited, unpeaceful, unquiet, unruly,
unsettled, uproarious, upset, vociferous, wild