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turbulent flow

noun, Hydraulics
the flow of a fluid past an object such that the velocity at any fixed point in the fluid varies irregularly.
Compare streamline flow.
Origin of turbulent flow
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for turbulent flow
  • Moreover, in some cases a pilot might wish to do the opposite and promote turbulent flow-for example, when slowing down.
  • Modeling such a highly turbulent flow must be a touch challenge definitely.
  • The flow remains laminar up to a point, where the flow then begins to break up into vortices and turbulent flow.
  • As is usual for turbulent flow, there is random motion in the boundary layer as well as the downstream-directed motion.
British Dictionary definitions for turbulent flow

turbulent flow

flow of a fluid in which its velocity at any point varies rapidly in an irregular manner Compare laminar flow See also streamline flow
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turbulent flow in Science
turbulent flow
Movement of a fluid in which subcurrents in the fluid display turbulence, moving in irregular patterns, while the overall flow is in one direction. Turbulent flow is common in nonviscous fluids moving at high velocities. Compare laminar flow.
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