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Meaning of CHURN

Pronunciation:  churn

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  1. [n]  a vessel in which cream is agitated to separate butterfat from buttermilk
  2. [v]  stir (cream) vigorously in order to make butter
  3. [v]  be agitated; of liquids

CHURN is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: boil, butter churn, moil, roil
 See Also: move, roll, seethe, stir, vessel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 globules from the other parts, and
    obtain butter.
  2. \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
    extracting the kernel or marrow. See {Kernel}.]
    1. To stir, beat, or agitate, as milk or cream in a churn, in
       order to make butter.
    2. To shake or agitate with violence.
             Churned in his teeth, the foamy venom rose.
  3. \Churn\, v. i.
    To perform the operation of churning.
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