churn

I UK [tʃɜː(r)n] / US [tʃɜrn] verb
Word forms "churn":
present tense I/you/we/they churn he/she/it churns present participle churning past tense churned past participle churned
1) [transitive] to mix milk or cream in a special container in order to make butter
2) churn or churn up
[intransitive/transitive] to move something such as a liquid around violently, or to move in this way

A hurricane was churning up the bay.

the churning seas

3)
a) [intransitive] if your stomach churns, you have a strong nervous feeling in it because you are worried, afraid, or upset

My stomach was churning before the first performance.

b) if your mind or emotions churn, you are upset or worried about a situation

Her mind churned as she tried to think of a way out of her predicament.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [tʃɜː(r)n] / US [tʃɜrn] noun [countable]
Word forms "churn":
singular churn plural churns
1) a container in which milk or cream is mixed to make butter
2) British a milk churn

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • churn — [chʉrn] n. [ME chirne < OE cyrne; akin to cyrnel,KERNEL: with ref. to grainy appearance of churned cream] 1. a container or contrivance in which milk or cream is beaten, stirred, or shaken to form butter ☆ 2. the occurrence, ratio, or amount… …   English World dictionary

  • churn — / chərn/ vt: to make (the account of a client) excessively active by frequent purchases and sales primarily in order to generate commissions ◇ Churning is a violation of federal securities laws. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • Churn — (ch[^u]rn), n. [OE. chirne, cherne, AS. ceren, cyrin; akin to D. karn, Dan. kierne. See {Churn}, v. t.] A vessel in which milk or cream is stirred, beaten, or otherwise agitated (as by a plunging or revolving dasher) in order to separate the oily …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Churn — Churn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Churned} (ch[^u]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Churning}.] [OE. chernen, AS. cernan; akin to LG. karnen, G. kernen, D. karnen, Dan. kierne, Sw. k[ a]rna, and also to E. corn, kernel, the meaning coming from the idea of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • churn — ► NOUN 1) a machine for making butter by agitating milk or cream. 2) Brit. a large metal milk can. ► VERB 1) agitate (milk or cream) in a churn to produce butter. 2) (with reference to liquid) move about vigorously. 3) (churn out) produce… …   English terms dictionary

  • Churn — Churn, v. i. To perform the operation of churning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • churn — churn·a·bil·i·ty; churn; …   English syllables

  • Churn — Churn, Fluß, so v. w. Themse …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • churn — (n.) O.E. cyrin, from P.Gmc. *kernjon (Cf. O.N. kirna, Swed. kärna, Dan. kjerne, Du. karn, M.H.G. kern); probably akin to cyrnel kernel (see KERNEL (Cf. kernel)) and describing the grainy appearance of churned cream. The verb is attested from mid …   Etymology dictionary

  • churn — [v] mix up, beat agitate, boil, bubble, convulse, ferment, foam, froth, jolt, moil, seethe, simmer, stir up, swirl, toss; concepts 147,170 …   New thesaurus

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