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

Examples of turbo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The speed control panel is easy to read and navigate, with just two buttons that switch between nine speeds plus a turbo boost setting. Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2021 While Honda has not elaborated on what that hybrid power plant might be, one source suggests that the car may get the same 1.5-liter turbo from the new Civic but with an e:HEV hybrid unit bolted on for extra power and better efficiency. Peter Lyon, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Elon Musk, in many ways, gave Bitcoin a turbo-boost when his electric car manufacturer began buying the crypto in February. Chris Morris, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021 The twin-turbo had no difficulty pulling into traffic or negotiating a slight grade to a reservoir. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 12 Oct. 2021 Among those changes, the GTS model tested here now develops 473 horsepower from its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, a gain of 20 ponies over last year. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 3 June 2021 Selecting the 523-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 is almost an instinct. Car and Driver, 27 Oct. 2021 The optional engine is Ford’s stalwart 250-hp 2.0L four-cylinder turbo, linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 5 Oct. 2021 Richardson has replaced Emory Jones during the third series of the first two games and turbo charged the Gators’ attack. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Sep. 2021

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1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Turbo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbo. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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