tur·​bo | \ ˈtər-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce turbo (audio) \
plural turbos

Definition of turbo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : turbine
2 [by shortening] : turbocharger

Definition of turbo- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : coupled directly to a driving turbine turbofan
2 : consisting of or incorporating a turbine turbojet engine

Examples of turbo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Selecting the 523-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 is almost an instinct. Car and Driver, 27 Oct. 2021 The optional engine is Ford’s stalwart 250-hp 2.0L four-cylinder turbo, linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 2021 Richardson has replaced Emory Jones during the third series of the first two games and turbo charged the Gators’ attack. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Sep. 2021 As its moniker implies, the sporty two-door packed a thrilling turbo engine good for around 113 horses. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2021 The company also plans to add a 2.4-liter turbo engine line, which will support expanding the range of vehicles produced in North America. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 Valdez, who allowed one run over eight innings against the Red Sox in Game 5 of the ALCS, didn’t have the same turbo sinker. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Oct. 2021 The i-Force 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 produces 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, or 4 more hp and 75 more lb-ft than the previous Tundra’s V8. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 The Tremor is expected to deliver the usual performance and handling of an F-150 powered by Ford’s benchmark twin-turbo 3.5L V6. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 18 Oct. 2021

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1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Turbo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbo. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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