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1 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, Sturm und Drang]
2 a violent disturbance; "the convulsions of the stock market" [syn: convulsion, turmoil]
3 (geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building) [syn: uplift, upthrow, upthrust]
4 disturbance usually in protest [syn: agitation, excitement, turmoil, hullabaloo]

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  1. the process of being heaved upward, especially the raising of part of the earth's crust
  2. a sudden violent upset, disruption or convulsion


the process of being heaved upward, especially of the earth's crust
a sudden violent upset, disruption or convulsion

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