WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
churn /tʃɝn/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a machine in which cream is beaten to make butter.

  1. [+ object] to shake, beat, or stir vigorously to make into butter: to churn cream.
  2. to shake or move about vigorously or violently: [~ ( + up) + object]The storm churned (up) the sea.[+ object + up]The storm churned it up.[no object]The sea was churning and the boat rocked back and forth.
  3. to have a feeling or sensation as if moving or shaking[no object]His stomach was churning from anxiety.
  4. churn out, to produce quickly as if by machine and in large numbers or great quantity: [+ out + object]She was churning out numerous articles and book reviews.[+ object + out]She was churning them out rapidly.
churn•er,n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
churn  (chûrn), 
  1. a container or machine in which cream or milk is agitated to make butter.
  2. any of various containers or machines similar in shape or action to a butter churn, as a device for mixing beverages.
  3. British Terms[Brit.]a large milk can.
  4. Stock Exchange, Businessan act of churning stocks by a stockbroker.

  1. to agitate in order to make into butter:to churn cream.
  2. to make (butter) by the agitation of cream.
  3. to shake or agitate with violence or continued motion:The storm churned the sea.
  4. Business(of a stockbroker) to trade (a customer's securities) excessively in order to earn more in commissions.

  1. to operate a churn.
  2. to move or shake in agitation, as a liquid or any loose matter:The leaves churned along the ground.
  3. Stock Exchange, Business(of a stockbroker) to engage in the practice of churning.
  4. churn out, to produce mechanically, hurriedly, or routinely:He was hired to churn out verses for greeting cards.
Etymology:bef. 1000;
Middle English chirne (noun, nominal), Old English cyrne cyr(i)n;
cognate with Middle Low German kerne, Old Norse kjarni, kirna
churna•ble, adj. 
churn′a•bili•ty, n. 
churner, n. 
7 . whip, toss, convulse.

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churn /tʃɜːn/ n
  1. Brit a large container for milk
  2. a vessel or machine in which cream or whole milk is vigorously agitated to produce butter
  3. any similar device
  4. the number of customers who switch from one supplier to another
  1. to stir or agitate (milk or cream) in order to make butter
  2. to make (butter) by this process
  3. (sometimes followed by up) to move or cause to move with agitation: ideas churned in his head
  4. (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
  5. (of a government) to pay benefits to a wide category of people and claw it back by taxation from the well off
  6. to promote the turnover of existing subscribers leasing, and new subscribers joining, a cable television system or mobile phone company
Etymology: Old English ciern; related to Old Norse kjarni, Middle Low German kerne churn, German dialect Kern cream

ˈchurner n

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