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 for turbulence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Turbulence \Tur"bu*lence\, n. [L. turbulentia: cf. F.
     turbulence.]
     The quality or state of being turbulent; a disturbed state;
     tumult; disorder; agitation. --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The years of . . . warfare and turbulence which ensued.
                                                    --Southey.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Agitation; commotion; tumult; tumultuousness;
          termagance; unruliness; insubordination; rioting.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  turbulence
      n 1: unstable flow of a liquid or gas [syn: turbulence,
           turbulency]
      2: instability in the atmosphere
      3: a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics
         or social conditions generally); "the industrial revolution
         was a period of great turbulence" [syn: turbulence,
         upheaval, Sturm und Drang]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  189 Moby Thesaurus words for "turbulence":
     CAT, ado, aerospace, aerosphere, agitation, air flow, air hole,
     air pocket, airspace, asperity, babel, bluster, bobbery, boil,
     boiling, brawl, broil, brouhaha, bump, bumpiness, burble, bustle,
     cacophony, ceiling, chaos, choppiness, churn, commotion, confusion,
     conturbation, cragginess, crosswind, derangement, din,
     disarrangement, disarray, disarticulation, discomfiture,
     discomposure, disconcertedness, disharmony, dishevelment,
     disintegration, disjunction, disorder, disorderliness,
     disorganization, disproportion, disquiet, disquietude, disruption,
     disturbance, dither, ebullience, ebullition, eddy, effervescence,
     embroilment, empty space, entropy, excitement, fanaticism,
     favorable wind, feery-fary, ferment, fermentation, fever,
     feverishness, fidgets, fight, flap, flow, flurry, fluster,
     flutteration, fog, foment, fomentation, foofaraw, fracas, frenzy,
     front, fume, furor, furore, fury, fuss, granulation, haphazardness,
     harshness, head wind, high-pressure area, hispidity, hole, hubbub,
     hurly-burly, hurry, hurry-scurry, incoherence, indiscriminateness,
     inequality, inharmonious harmony, inquietude, ionosphere,
     irregularity, jaggedness, jetstream, jitters, joltiness, jumpiness,
     lather, low-pressure area, maelstrom, malaise, moil,
     most admired disorder, nerviness, nervosity, nervousness,
     nonsymmetry, nonuniformity, overcast, pandemonium, passion,
     pell-mell, perturbation, pocket, pother, promiscuity,
     promiscuousness, racket, rage, raggedness, randomness,
     restlessness, roil, rough air, roughness, rout, row, ruckus,
     ruffle, ruggedness, rugosity, rumpus, scraggliness, seethe,
     seething, soup, space, stew, stir, storminess, stratosphere,
     substratosphere, swirl, swirling, tail wind, tempestuousness,
     to-do, tooth, trepidation, trepidity, tropopause, troposphere,
     trough, tumult, tumultuation, tumultuousness, turbidity, turmoil,
     twitter, unease, unevenness, unrest, unruliness, unsmoothness,
     unsymmetry, ununiformity, uproar, upset, visibility,
     visibility zero, vortex, whirl, wildness, yeastiness, zeal,
     zealousness
  
  

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