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tur·​bo ˈtər-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce turbo (audio)
plural turbos
[by shortening] : turbocharger


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combining form

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

Example Sentences

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Were other paras using turbo? Andrew J. Bernstein, Outside Online, 3 Nov. 2022 Despite all the mechanical and electronic improvements, Saab hasn't done much to make the turbo spin more quickly up to speed. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 2 Apr. 2023 The Ryzen 7 7736u has 8 cores and 16 threads, with a base speed of 2.7 GHz and a maximum turbo speed of 4.7 GHz, using the Zen 3+ cores with Radeon 680M graphics, produced on TSMC's 6nm process. Michael J. Miller, PCMAG, 31 Mar. 2023 This mixer has a dial for speed settings one through nine, plus a turbo setting for mixes that need an extra boost. Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2023 Jamie Benn’s renaissance year has entered turbo mode since Dadonov arrived with 14 points in nine games. Peter Warren, Dallas News, 15 Mar. 2023 This set off a somewhat predictable discourse cycle that was then turbo-charged by Penn Badgely. Kate Lindsay, Vulture, 1 Mar. 2023 The hybrid is entirely new, with a new 2.0L four-cylinder turbo and a pair of electric motors. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 7 Feb. 2023 My Bugatti has a w16 8.0L quad turbo. Bysteve Mollman, Fortune, 31 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History




Combining form


First Known Use


1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of turbo was in 1904

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“Turbo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbo. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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