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:
1920–25

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turbulent flow
 
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Compare laminar flow See also streamline flow flow of a fluid in which its velocity at any point varies rapidly in an irregular manner

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turbulent flow   (tûr'byə-lənt)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
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.
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