• WordNet 3.6
    • n turmoil disturbance usually in protest
    • n turmoil violent agitation
    • n turmoil a violent disturbance "the convulsions of the stock market"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Turmoil tûr"moil Harassing labor; trouble; molestation by tumult; disturbance; worrying confusion. "And there I'll rest, as after much turmoil ,
      A blessed soul doth in Elysium."
    • v. i Turmoil To be disquieted or confused; to be in commotion.
    • v. t Turmoil tûr*moil" To harass with commotion; to disquiet; to worry. "It is her fatal misfortune . . . to be miserably tossed and turmoiled with these storms of affliction."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • turmoil To disturb; agitate; trouble; disquiet.
    • turmoil To labor amid trouble, worriment, or vexation; be disquieted or in trouble; worry.
    • n turmoil Distracting stir, bustle, commotion, confusion, or din; tumult; disturbance; agitation; trouble; disquiet.
    • n turmoil Synonyms Confusion, bustle, uproar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Turmoil tur′moil harassing labour: disturbance
    • v.t Turmoil to harass with commotion: to weary
    • v.i Turmoil to be disquieted or in commotion
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  • Sting
    “I do my best work when I am in pain and turmoil.”
  • Joseph A. Schumpeter
    Joseph A. Schumpeter
    “Economic progress, in capitalist society, means turmoil.”
  • Bayazid Al-Bistami
    Bayazid Al-Bistami
    “All this talk and turmoil and noise and movement and desire is outside of the veil; within the veil is silence and calm and rest.”
  • Lord Byron
    “What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of uncertain origin; perhaps fr. OF. tremouille, the hopper of a mill, trembler, to tremble (cf. E. tremble,); influenced by E. turn, and moil,


In literature:

It is a horrible turmoil in which to enter.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
The turmoil of the river and the crashing logs would have smothered the sound of the avalanche until it was upon the girl of the Red Mill.
"Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest" by Alice B. Emerson
All this Tignonville saw, though his eyes, leaping the turmoil, looked only to the door at which he had left Mademoiselle a few hours earlier.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
I have come out of a great turmoil; I must plunge into a greater one before many days.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
Garry, what's back of all this turmoil?
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
She knew not which way to turn to escape the turmoil, or even if she were glad or sorry for the step she had taken.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
The voice in which he spoke seemed alien to his ears, so calm it was, so at variance with his inner turmoil.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The basic cause of all this turmoil, about which I am to spin my narrative, lay in her education.
"The Princess Elopes" by Harold MacGrath
Amid the quick turmoil old Mike sprang to the summit of the rock rampart, his face flaming with enthusiasm.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
Much turmoil had to be suppressed by the sagacious judgment of Sir Howard.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour

In poetry:

Once on a clear autumnal day,
With weary heart and spirit bowed,
I sought a silent scene away
From all the turmoil of the crowd.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
Where sin, the author of turmoils,
The cause of death and hell,
The one thing foul that all things soils,
Does most befriended dwell.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. V." by Ralph Erskine
You came in out of the night
And there were flowers in your hand,
Now you will come out of a confusion of people,
Out of a turmoil of speech about you.
"Francesca" by Ezra Pound
All you who turn the sturdy soil,
Or ply the loom with daily toil,
And lowly on through life turmoil
For scanty fare,
Attend, and gather richest spoil
To soothe your care.
"Epistle To The Labouring Poor" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Lord, thou dost hold my string, else were I driven
Down to some gulf where I were tossed no more,
No turmoil telling I was not in heaven,
No billows raving on a blessed shore.
"A Vision of St. Eligius" by George MacDonald
Here, in alleys cool and green,
Far ahead the thrush is seen;
Here along the southern wall
Keeps the bee his festival;
All is quiet else—afar
Sounds of toil and turmoil are.
"A Garden Song" by Henry Austin Dobson

In news:

The turmoil continues at Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Turmoil in the Middle East creates a flashpoint on the campaign trail.
And all that turmoil in Egypt.
BBC boss quits amid broadcaster 's child abuse turmoil.
BBC chief quits amid broadcaster 's child sex abuse turmoil.
US sending 20 more F-16s to Egypt, despite turmoil in Cairo .
Few expect vote on constitution to calm Egypt's turmoil.
As World Cup Begins, Social Turmoil in Cape Town .
Beijing (AP) The president of the International Olympic Committee is calling the turmoil over the Beijing torch relay a "crisis" for the Olympic movement.
Edison police turmoil continues, as deputy chief files 4 complaints against chief .
Thanksgiving weekend has often been a time of turmoil for the BCS standings, but not so this year.
How has Iran been affected by the turmoil in oil sales.
Politics and a massive deficit have left Motor City in financial turmoil.
All Blogs Laser Orgy The Week in Geek August 8-14: Distract Yourself from Potential Economic Turmoil.
We fled when I was 15 after my cousin was kidnapped during turmoil in Colombia in the early 1990s.

In science:

Wil lman, who is giving him yet another lesson – the grace, courage, wil l power, and inner peace while in the turmoil of life – throughout the treatment of her cancer.
Azumaya-type noncommutative spaces and morphisms therefrom: Polchinski's D-branes in string theory from Grothendieck's viewpoint
Recent turmoils in the world economies and in particular in the financial markets have shown that credit and liquidity issues are crucial when evaluating financial products.
Interest-Rate Modeling with Multiple Yield Curves
If a “K o ¯K o” T violating particle (we assume TCP=1) goes from a primary to a secondary vertex its inner turmoil refuses the classical limit of the Bohr correspondence principle and remains truly virtual, oscillating with quantum interference phase factors.
Real and Virtual Strange Processes
The inner turmoil of the “K o ¯K o” spreads to any other virtual particle connected to it in the Feynman diagram.
Real and Virtual Strange Processes
This ultimately violates the one velocity and two momenta inner turmoil Eq.(13), and would thereby afford an undue psychological relief to the mass difference induced K o ¯K o oscillations.
Real and Virtual Strange Processes