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churn

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noun \ˈchərn\

Definition of churn

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

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

Definition of churn

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to agitate (milk or cream) in a churn in order to make butter The farmer churns his cream every day.

  3. 2a :  to stir or agitate violently an old stern-wheeler churning the muddy river larger particles pound and churn the Moon's surface — E. M. Shoemakerb :  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 unscrupulous brokers may churn an account, trading frequently to generate high commissions — Mary Rowland

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to work a churn (as in making butter)

  7. 2a :  to produce, proceed with, or experience violent motion or agitation her stomach was churning churning legsb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of churn

see 1churn


First Known Use: 15th century


CHURN Defined for English Language Learners

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churn

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noun \ˈchərn\

Definition of churn for English Language Learners

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


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churn

verb

Definition of churn for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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

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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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