turmoil

turmoil (n.) 1520s, perhaps an alteration of M.Fr. tremouille "mill hopper," in reference to the hopper's constant motion to and fro, from L. trimodia "vessel containing three modii," from modius, a Roman dry measure, related to modus "measure." Attested earlier in English as a verb (1510s), though this now is obsolete.

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  • Turmoil — means chaos or disorder. It also has the following uses:* Turmoil (1984 video game), a 1984 video game released by Bug Byte *The Triplane Turmoil series, a 1996 video game by Finnish Dodekaedron Software and its sequel * Team in Turmoil , the… …   Wikipedia

  • Turmoil — Tur moil, n. [Of uncertain origin; perhaps fr. OF. tremouille the hopper of a mill, trembler to tremble (cf. E. tremble); influenced by E. turn and moil.] Harassing labor; trouble; molestation by tumult; disturbance; worrying confusion. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turmoil — Tur*moil , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turmoiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turmoiling}.] To harass with commotion; to disquiet; to worry. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It is her fatal misfortune . . . to be miserably tossed and turmoiled with these storms of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turmoil — Tur*moil , v. i. To be disquieted or confused; to be in commotion. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turmoil — I noun activity, ado, agitation, bedlam, bustle, chaos, commotion, confusion, convulsion, discord, disorder, disquiet, distraction, disturbance, excitement, ferment, fracas, fuss, havoc, huddle, imbroglio, jumble, melee, muddle, pandemonium,… …   Law dictionary

  • turmoil — *commotion, agitation, tumult, turbulence, confusion, convulsion, upheaval Analogous words: agitation, disquiet, disturbance, perturbation (see corresponding verbs at DISCOMPOSE): restlessness, nervousness, uneasiness, jitteriness (see… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • turmoil — [n] chaos agitation, ailment, anxiety, anxiousness, bedlam, bustle, commotion, confusion, disorder, disquiet, disquietude, distress, disturbance, dither, ferment, flap*, flurry, freefor all*, fuss, hassle*, hectic, hubbub*, lather*, mix up, noise …   New thesaurus

  • turmoil — ► NOUN ▪ a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • turmoil — [tʉr′moil΄] n. [tur (< ? TURBULENT) + MOIL] tumult; commotion; uproar; confusion …   English World dictionary

  • turmoil — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ constant ▪ Her mind was in a state of constant turmoil. ▪ great ▪ emotional, inner, internal, mental …   Collocations dictionary

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