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