[ churn ]
/ tʃɜrn /
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a container or machine in which cream or milk is agitated to make butter.
any of various containers or machines similar in shape or action to a butter churn, as a device for mixing beverages.
British. a large milk can.
an act of churning stocks by a stockbroker.
verb (used with object)
to agitate in order to make into butter: to churn cream.
to make (butter) by the agitation of cream.
to shake or agitate with violence or continued motion: The storm churned the sea.
to turn over and over in the mind: His brain slowly churned all the choices and possibilities.
(of a stockbroker) to trade (a customer's securities) excessively in order to earn more in commissions.
verb (used without object)
to operate a churn.
to move or shake in agitation, as a liquid or any loose matter: The leaves churned along the ground.
to be changing rapidly or be in a confused state: Her emotions churned as she viewed the horrific photos.
to have a queasy feeling, as from anxiety or disgust: My insides were churning at the thought of being on stage.
(of a stockbroker) to engage in the practice of churning.
churn out, to produce mechanically, hurriedly, or routinely: He was hired to churn out verses for greeting cards.
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Origin of churn
First recorded before 1000; Middle English noun chirne, cherne, Old English cyrne cyr(i)n; cognate with Middle Low German kerne, Old Norse kjarni, kirna
OTHER WORDS FROM churn
churn·a·ble, adjectivechurn·a·bil·i·ty [chur-nuh-bil-i-tee], /ˌtʃɜr nəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, nounchurn·er, nounun·churn, verb (used with object)
un·churned, adjectivewell-churned, adjective
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How to use churn in a sentence
This part of the implement is known as Mantha or “the churner.”
She wears seven rings on one hand and four on another, and rustles so when she walks she sounds like a churner out of order.Mary Cary|Kate Langley Bosher
The last piece is the Upamantha or upper churner, which is a flat board with a socket.
British Dictionary definitions for churn
/ (tʃɜːn) /
British a large container for milk
a vessel or machine in which cream or whole milk is vigorously agitated to produce butter
any similar device
the number of customers who switch from one supplier to another
- to stir or agitate (milk or cream) in order to make butter
- to make (butter) by this process
(sometimes foll by up) to move or cause to move with agitationideas churned in his head
(of a bank, broker, etc) to encourage an investor or policyholder to change investments, endowment policies, etc, to increase commissions at the client's expense
(of a government) to pay benefits to a wide category of people and claw it back by taxation from the well off
to promote the turnover of existing subscribers leasing, and new subscribers joining, a cable television system or mobile phone company
Derived forms of churnchurner, noun
Word Origin for churn
Old English ciern; related to Old Norse kjarni, Middle Low German kerne churn, German dialect Kern cream
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