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

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Zabala’s modernist cooking is frequently fun and delicious, with Wonka-esque conversation pieces like a pizza slice fashioned out of meringue and a crisp turbo wing laminated in teriyaki sauce. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The best thing our restaurant critic ate this summer," 14 Sep. 2019 While not much has been said about the 2020 model, reports from Germany have suggested it will be powered by a naturally aspirated (as in non-turbo) engine making 520 horsepower. NBC News, "10 of the most powerful, expensive, exotic new cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show," 13 Sep. 2019 As the protests in Hong Kong have raged over the past nine weeks, China’s propaganda machine has been in turbo drive, portraying those taking part as traitorous rioters trying to destabilize the country and challenge national sovereignty. Echo Huang, Quartz, "After a Chinese flag was thrown into the sea, Hong Kong celebrities flex their patriotic muscles," 7 Aug. 2019 This super-high-performance take on the Q8 crossover pumps up performance by borrowing the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine used in the Lamborghini Urus, albeit detuned to a still-impressive 600 or so horsepower. NBC News, "10 of the most powerful, expensive, exotic new cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show," 13 Sep. 2019 The two engine options are a 296-horsepower, four-cylinder turbo, and an inline six-cylinder that uses the 48-volt power system to generate 395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Wired, "The Land Rover Defender Is Back—With a Softer, Smarter Look," 12 Sep. 2019 Just shovels, sweat, a turbo kind of leaf blower to burn the fire out, and long, bumpy, agonizing drives in aging jeeps and ATVs, across the dust and ash. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "As the Amazon fires rage, members of this indigenous community brace for their world to change," 29 Aug. 2019 General Motors said pricing will be announced separately for the CT5 3.0-liter turbo engine, V-Series model and additional features, including Super Cruise. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Cadillac reveals price of 2020 CT5 Luxury sedans this fall," 18 July 2019 Like Chicago potholes, the weight is also unnoticeable behind the wheel, thanks to an all-new, still massive 6.75-liter twin turbo V-12 engine mated to an eight-speed transmission that cranks out 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "What makes Rolls-Royce Phantom worth $643,000?," 28 Mar. 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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