WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
churn /tʃɝn/USA pronunciation
[~ + 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.
- a machine in which cream is beaten to make butter.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
churn /tʃɜːn/ n
- Brit 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
Etymology: Old English ciern; related to Old Norse kjarni, Middle Low German kerne churn, German dialect Kern creamˈchurner n
- to stir or agitate (milk or cream) in order to make butter
- to make (butter) by this process
- (sometimes followed by up) to move or cause to move with agitation: ideas 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
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