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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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 This turbo frequency is subject to change as the products near their release. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "AMD unveils Threadripper 2: Up to 32 cores, 64 threads, for an enthusiast chip," 6 June 2018 Chevrolet has revealed the first four-cylinder engine in the history of the Silverado pickup, a 310-horsepower, 2.7-liter turbo that delivered smooth power in a short drive Thursday around General Motors’ test track in Milford. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "First Drive: 2019 Chevy Silverado adds turbo-4 engine, new fuel-saving tech," 18 May 2018 The much larger Escape with a 1.5-liter turbo four and all-wheel drive is just 1 mpg behind the all-wheel-drive EcoSport in both measures. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, "2018 Ford EcoSport," 20 Feb. 2018 This initial limpness isn’t caused by turbo lag but by throttle mapping, designed to gradualize engine response to improve fuel economy. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Volvo XC40: Routine Ride, Premium Price," 8 June 2018 With its 273 foot-pounds of torque, there is little turbo lag when pressing the pedal, with peak power pulling from 1,500-4,000 rpm. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Honda Accord 2.0T: Near perfect, in an imperfect world," 1 June 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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