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churn

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noun \ˈchərn\

Simple Definition of churn

  • : a container in which cream is stirred or shaken to make butter

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of churn

  1. :  a vessel for making butter in which milk or cream is agitated in order to separate the oily globules from the watery medium

Origin and Etymology of churn

Middle English chyrne, from Old English cyrin; akin to Old Norse kjarni churn


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Household Terms


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churn

verb

Simple Definition of churn

  • : to stir or mix something (such as water or mud) with force

  • : to move in a circle

  • : to make (butter) by stirring or shaking cream in a churn

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of churn

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to agitate (milk or cream) in a churn in order to make butter

  3. 2 a :  to stir or agitate violently <an old stern-wheeler churning the muddy river> b :  to make (as foam) by so doing

  4. 3 :  to make (the account of a client) excessively active by frequent purchases and sales primarily in order to generate commissions

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to work a churn

  7. 2 a :  to produce, proceed with, or experience violent motion or agitation <her stomach was churning> <churning legs> b :  to proceed by or as if by means of rotating members (as wheels or propellers) <boats churning across the harbor>

Examples of churn in a sentence

  1. The motorboats churned the water.

  2. The water churned all around us.

  3. The wheels began to slowly churn.

  4. He showed them how to churn butter.



15th Century

First Known Use of churn

15th century


CHURN Defined for Kids

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churn

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noun \ˈchərn\

Definition of churn for Students

  1. :  a container in which milk or cream is stirred or shaken in making butter




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churn

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verb

Definition of churn for Students

churned

churning

  1. 1 :  to stir or shake in a churn (as in making butter)

  2. 2 :  to stir or shake forcefully <The boat's motor churned up the mucky water.>

  3. 3 :  to feel the effects of an emotion (as fear) <My stomach churned as I stood on the stage.>

  4. 4 :  to move by or as if by forceful stirring action <Steamboats churned up and down the river.>




Law Dictionary

churn

transitive verb \ˈchərn\

Legal Definition of churn

  1. :  to make (the account of a client) excessively active by frequent purchases and sales primarily in order to generate commissions



Additional Notes on churn

Churning is a violation of federal securities laws.



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