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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The Genesis looks good on paper: 365-hp twin-turbo V-6, big Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Crashing a Ferrari Party," 13 July 2019 With limited options available out of the bullpen and the game tied in the 12th, Melvin called for his turbo sinkerballer to take the mound. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Oakland Athletics see four-game win streak derailed by Twins in extra innings," 3 July 2019 Those figures mean this V-8 tops the F8's 710-hp 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 and Ferrari claims its specific output, frighteningly high 192.7 horsepower per liter, is the highest in its segment. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019 In this tightly packed big impacter, director Michael Bay kicks in all the afterburners with turbo-thrust, quick-cut momentum. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Armageddon': THR's 1998 Review," 1 July 2019 The once-unhittable closer with a turbo sinker has looked vulnerable this season. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "3 takeaways from A’s roller-coaster walk-off win capped by Matt Chapman home run," 21 June 2019 The turbo’s low-rpm torque is a good match for highways or town and country. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: New looks, engine reboot Jeep Cherokee for 2019," 6 Apr. 2018 Surely these more aggressive pieces must support the Supra TRD's power gains, but however (or if ever) Toyota bumps the twin-turbo inline-six past 335 horsepower remains a mystery. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Toyota Releases TRD Performance Styling Parts for the 2020 Supra," 20 May 2019 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

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1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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