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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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 For instance, the NSX GT3's turbo V6 is good for about 7,456 racing miles (12,000km) before a major refresh. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race," 15 Nov. 2018 The acceleration is formidable on a flat-out launch, but the performance is far more moderated on the daily drive as the turbo manages the 3,600-pound curb weight. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: fast-casual Italian," 15 June 2018 But the turbo four delivers 280 lb-ft of torque at just 1600 rpm, a 28 lb-ft advantage over what the V-6 could muster way up at 4900 rpm. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2019 Acura RDX Crossover: Return of the Turbocharged Four," 29 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of turbo


1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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