tur·​bo | \ ˈtər-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce turbo (audio) \
plural turbos

Definition of turbo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 Scientists now say this is happening more frequently, as storms are given a turbo boost from rising ocean temperatures. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Giving Thanks for Quiet Weather and a Mild Bias Into December," 25 Nov. 2020 Scientists say rapid intensification is happening more frequently, as storms are given a turbo boost from rising ocean temperatures. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Cyclone Gati hits Somalia as country’s strongest storm on record after explosive intensification," 23 Nov. 2020 But that little turbo engine squeezes the most out of three cylinders. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Buick Encore GX: Bigger and stronger, but is it really much better?," 31 Oct. 2020 The powerful beast features a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 600 horsepower. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "2021 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible Phased Out in U.S. by COVID-19," 2 Oct. 2020 Some suggested that a revamp of the current 4G protocol, turbo codes, would be sufficient. Steven Levy, Wired, "Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise," 16 Nov. 2020 Baker Hughes actually posted a sequential revenue increase thanks to its turbo-machinery segment, which has a healthier customer base, including companies in the business of liquefaction terminals, pipelines and petrochemical plants. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Oilfield Services Look Beyond Oil," 22 Oct. 2020 The 2020 Ford Raptor is pushing 450 horsepower out of a twin-turbo V-6. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "If the 2022 GMC Hummer Is a Supertruck, What Are Its Super-Competitors?," 21 Oct. 2020 It’s powered by the Colorado’s 186-horsepower, 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine, and six-speed automatic transmission. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Here It Is: the Army's New Infantry Squad Vehicle," 29 Oct. 2020

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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. 2020.

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