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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Chevrolet has introduced a 3.0-liter Duramax inline-six turbo-diesel engine as an option for the 2020 Silverad0 1500. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "How Does the Chevrolet Silverado's New Duramax Turbo-Diesel Engine Compare against Ford and Ram?," 3 June 2019 That has been swapped out for a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 for the CT5-V, which provides the car with 335hp (250kW). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Cadillac revamps its sportiest lineup, adds new CT4-V and CT5-V sedans," 31 May 2019 But now, with the the Core i9-9900KS, Intel says the single-core turbo boost clock will be 5GHz, and the remaining cores will also boost to 5GHz. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel reveals the beastly Core i9-9900KS, likely its fastest gaming chip (for real)," 26 May 2019 The twin-turbo keeps lag to a minimum and all that torque is available at just 1,700 rpm, so step on the gas and the interior opulence won’t be the only thing taking your breath away. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "What makes Rolls-Royce Phantom worth $643,000?," 28 Mar. 2018 Highs: Fun to drive, optional turbo engine is efficient and powerful, standard safety features. Kirk Seaman, Car and Driver, "2019 Editors' Choice Awards: The Best Sedans, Hatchbacks, Coupes, and Convertibles," 30 Jan. 2019 All of the processor-intensive applications the Chimera easily runs require a lot of cooling, especially with a Core i9 with turbo speeds up to 4.8GHz. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus Chimera G703GI review: bigger, better, more compromise," 14 Aug. 2018 Up to speed: The test vehicle came with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "New Chevy Equinox takes on the Mazda CX-5," 5 Mar. 2018 This is the Alpina XD3, a quad-turbo BMW X3 that is a particularly ferocious and fuel-efficient crossover SUV. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Four Turbos, One BMW X3! Alpina’s Latest Is This Insane Diesel XD3," 28 Feb. 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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