tur·​bo | \ ˈtər-(ˌ)bō \
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

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Base price: $55,300 As tested: $63,645 (excluding $995 destination) EPA MPG: 22 city, 30 highway Powertrain: 316-horsepower 2-liter super-and turbo-charged 4-cylinder paired to an 8-speed automatic in AWD. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "On the wagon: Volvo V90 Cross Country is an AWD alternative to minivan, crossover," 16 Oct. 2017 Speeds like that come naturally to a car that has a 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine and weighs just a hair over 3,300lb. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Nine things I learned from driving a supercar for three days," 9 Nov. 2018 Federal fire and weather data show higher air temperatures are turbo-charging fire season. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Science Says: 'The warmer it is, the more fire we see'," 19 Aug. 2018 At the way top of the line is the Stelvio Quadrifoglio ($79,995), which, like the Giulia version with the same name, features a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine with 505 horsepower, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Alfa Romeo introduces its first SUV, the 2018 Stelvio, starting at $41,995 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Apr. 2018 Raptor runs with a 450-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission and terrain management system that optimizes traction in all conditions. Casey Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Why make high-performance, low-selling car models? 'Because we can.'," 5 Apr. 2018 The turbo engine is smooth and quiet, but a little more punch would be welcome on highway merges. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is making a last stand for sedans," 24 Aug. 2018 Even with the charge-air cooler, however, turbo engines generate a lot of heat under the hood. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Moving More With Less: Why Four-Cylinders Are Coming to Full-Size Trucks," 21 June 2018 More than that, Mbappé signaled that when the time comes for Argentina’s Messi to pass the torch, the Parisian kid with a turbo engine was ready to sprint away with it. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A Teenage Star Speeds France Past Argentina in World Cup," 30 June 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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