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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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 The turbo engine provides peppy performance that’s unusual in a small crossover. star-telegram, "VW’s second-generation Tiguan crossover starts at $24,595, has room for up to seven," 23 June 2018 Up to speed: The 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder engine creates 248 horsepower. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "BMW X3 gets a redesign for 2018," 28 June 2018 For shoppers tired of all the 2-liter turbo fours, Buick sticks with the V-6 engine in the LaCrosse. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a good car at a bad time," 15 Aug. 2017 Power/torque: 130 HP./128 foot-pounds (1.8-liter); 188 HP./177 foot-pounds (1.6-liter turbo). G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Nissan’s Sentra NISMO sport sedan returns for 2018 with extra features | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Jan. 2018 Chevrolet says its new engine is also about 100 pounds lighter than a 2.7=liter twin-turbo like the one Ford offers on the F-150. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "First Drive: What to expect from new four-cylinder engine in Chevrolet Silverado pickup," 22 June 2018 On the one hand, Leave No Trace covers familiar territory on the subject of raising kids in our age of turbo-digitalization. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "'Leave No Trace' Is Brutally Honest About Rewilding," 28 June 2018 Gronkowski the horse found his turbo boost over the final mile and overtook everyone except Triple Crown winner Justify for a second-place finish. Chuck Schilken, latimes.com, "Rob Gronkowski won big after betting $69, naturally, on his namesake horse in the Belmont Stakes," 11 June 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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