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.

v. 
  • [+ object] to shake, beat, or stir vigorously to make into butter: to churn cream.
  • 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.
  • [no object] to have a feeling or sensation as if moving or shaking:His stomach was churning from anxiety.
  • 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]


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    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
    vb
    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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