churn

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 mechanically and in large quantities. 4) (as adj. churned up) upset or nervous.
ORIGIN Old English.

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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

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  • 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 — 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

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  • 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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