churn

churn1 [ tʃɜrn ] verb
1. ) transitive to mix milk or cream in a special container in order to make butter
a ) to make butter by mixing milk or cream in a special container
2. ) churn or churn up intransitive or transitive to move something such as a liquid around violently, or to move in this way:
the churning seas
A hurricane was churning up the bay.
3. ) intransitive if your stomach churns, you have a strong nervous feeling in it because you are worried, afraid, or upset:
My stomach was churning before the first performance.
a ) if your mind or emotions churn, you are upset or worried about a situation:
Her mind churned as she tried to think of a way out of her predicament.
,churn `out phrasal verb transitive
to produce something in large quantities quickly and often carelessly:
He churns out a blockbuster once a year.
,churn `up phrasal verb
1. ) transitive to damage the surface of the ground by walking or driving over it and making it rough:
a muddy field churned up by farm vehicles
2. ) intransitive or transitive same as CHURN1 2:
The rainstorm churned up the rivers so they ran brown with silt.
3. ) transitive to produce strong emotions in someone:
Running into his old girlfriend churned up a lot of buried feelings.
churn
churn 2 [ tʃɜrn ] noun count
a container in which milk or cream is mixed to make butter

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Churn — may refer to: Butter churn, a device used for churning butter Churning (butter), the process of creating butter out of milk or cream Churn drill, a large, older drilling machine that bores large diameter holes in the ground Contents 1 People and… …   Wikipedia

  • churn — [chʉrn] n. [ME chirne < OE cyrne; akin to cyrnel,KERNEL: with ref. to grainy appearance of churned cream] 1. a container or contrivance in which milk or cream is beaten, stirred, or shaken to form butter ☆ 2. the occurrence, ratio, or amount… …   English World dictionary

  • churn — / chərn/ vt: to make (the account of a client) excessively active by frequent purchases and sales primarily in order to generate commissions ◇ Churning is a violation of federal securities laws. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • Churn — (ch[^u]rn), n. [OE. chirne, cherne, AS. ceren, cyrin; akin to D. karn, Dan. kierne. See {Churn}, v. t.] A vessel in which milk or cream is stirred, beaten, or otherwise agitated (as by a plunging or revolving dasher) in order to separate the oily …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Churn — Churn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Churned} (ch[^u]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Churning}.] [OE. chernen, AS. cernan; akin to LG. karnen, G. kernen, D. karnen, Dan. kierne, Sw. k[ a]rna, and also to E. corn, kernel, the meaning coming from the idea of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • churn — ► NOUN 1) a machine for making butter by agitating milk or cream. 2) Brit. a large metal milk can. ► VERB 1) agitate (milk or cream) in a churn to produce butter. 2) (with reference to liquid) move about vigorously. 3) (churn out) produce… …   English terms dictionary

  • Churn — Churn, v. i. To perform the operation of churning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • churn — churn·a·bil·i·ty; churn; …   English syllables

  • Churn — Churn, Fluß, so v. w. Themse …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • churn — (n.) O.E. cyrin, from P.Gmc. *kernjon (Cf. O.N. kirna, Swed. kärna, Dan. kjerne, Du. karn, M.H.G. kern); probably akin to cyrnel kernel (see KERNEL (Cf. kernel)) and describing the grainy appearance of churned cream. The verb is attested from mid …   Etymology dictionary

  • churn — [v] mix up, beat agitate, boil, bubble, convulse, ferment, foam, froth, jolt, moil, seethe, simmer, stir up, swirl, toss; concepts 147,170 …   New thesaurus

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