verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- churn drill,
- churn molding,
- churn out,
Origin of churn
Examples from the Web for churn
Academics these days operate under enormous pressure to churn out high volumes of these publications.How Social Scientists, and the Rest of Us, Got Seduced By a Good Story|Megan McArdle|April 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The clock is relentless as they churn out dish after dish, being judged on creativity, taste, and presentation.‘Chopped’: Why I’m Obsessed with Food Network’s Reality Competition Show|Jace Lacob|April 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
By the end of the film, you will remember Hushpuppy … and just might churn out a few tears on her behalf.Oscar Nominations Shockers: Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathryn Bigelow & More|Marlow Stern|January 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
By the time I sat down to fill in the blanks, it was a grind to churn out what I already knew would happen.Michelle Gagnon’s How I Write Interview: When I Was a Russian Supper-Club Dancer|Noah Charney|September 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This year, the U.S. Mint will churn out 4.3 billion of them, more than twice the annual output of all other coins combined.
I went to sleep and jerked the churn over on top of me, and consequently got a whipping.Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days|Annie L. Burton
In summer try to churn early in the morning, as fewer flies are swarming then, and the butter can be made much firmer.Housekeeping in Old Virginia|Marion Cabell Tyree
How welcome a sound was the churn of the engine as it came flying up the road and turned into the driveway!Cloudy Jewel|Grace Livingston Hill
The landlady's tongue clattering sourly in the halls like a churn dasher dabbing in buttermilk.The Trimmed Lamp|O. Henry
And if ever you lend your churn or your dishes to your neighbour, she'll be able to wish away your butter after that.
- to stir or agitate (milk or cream) in order to make butter
- to make (butter) by this process
Word Origin for churn
Old English cyrin, from Proto-Germanic *kernjon (cf. Old Norse kirna, Swedish kärna, Danish kjerne, Dutch karn, Middle High German kern); probably akin to cyrnel "kernel" (see kernel) and describing the "grainy" appearance of churned cream.
mid-15c., chyrnen, from churn (n.). Extended senses are from late 17c. Intransitive sense is from 1735. Related: Churned; churning. To churn out, of writing, is from 1902.