a container or machine in which cream or milk is agitated to make butter.
any of various containers or machines similar in shape or action to a butter churn, as a device for mixing beverages.
British. a large milk can.
an act of churning stocks by a stockbroker.
verb (used with object)
to agitate in order to make into butter:
to churn cream.
to make (butter) by the agitation of cream.
to shake or agitate with violence or continued motion:
The storm churned the sea.
to turn over and over in the mind:
His brain slowly churned all the choices and possibilities.
(of a stockbroker) to trade (a customer’s securities) excessively in order to earn more in commissions.
verb (used without object)
to operate a churn.
to move or shake in agitation, as a liquid or any loose matter:
The leaves churned along the ground.
to be changing rapidly or be in a confused state:
Her emotions churned as she viewed the horrific photos.
to have a queasy feeling, as from anxiety or disgust:
My insides were churning at the thought of being on stage.
(of a stockbroker) to engage in the practice of churning.
churn out, to produce mechanically, hurriedly, or routinely:
He was hired to churn out verses for greeting cards.
(Brit) a large container for milk
a vessel or machine in which cream or whole milk is vigorously agitated to produce butter
any similar device
the number of customers who switch from one supplier to another
(sometimes foll by up) to move or cause to move with agitation: ideas churned in his head
(of a bank, broker, etc) to encourage an investor or policyholder to change investments, endowment policies, etc, to increase commissions at the client’s expense
(of a government) to pay benefits to a wide category of people and claw it back by taxation from the well off
to promote the turnover of existing subscribers leasing, and new subscribers joining, a cable television system or mobile phone company
Old English cyrin, from Proto-Germanic *kernjon (cf. Old Norse kirna, Swedish kärna, Danish kjerne, Dutch karn, Middle High German kern); probably akin to cyrnel “kernel” (see kernel) and describing the “grainy” appearance of churned cream.
mid-15c., chyrnen, from churn (n.). Extended senses are from late 17c. Intransitive sense is from 1735. Related: Churned; churning. To churn out, of writing, is from 1902.
To artificially increase the level of activity in a law firm, insurance company, or other enterprise in order to increase commissions, feign busyness, etc: Policyholders have launched class-action suits alleging churning (1940s+)
[churn] /tʃɜrn/ noun 1. a container or machine in which cream or milk is agitated to make butter. 2. any of various containers or machines similar in shape or action to a butter churn, as a device for mixing beverages. 3. British. a large milk can. 4. an act of churning stocks by a stockbroker. […]
[chur-ning] /ˈtʃɜr nɪŋ/ noun 1. the act of a person or thing that . 2. the butter made at any one time. [churn] /tʃɜrn/ noun 1. a container or machine in which cream or milk is agitated to make butter. 2. any of various containers or machines similar in shape or action to a butter […]
noun 1. a molding decorated with chevrons.
- Churn rate
noun the annual rate at which customers stop who discontinue their use of a service, divided by the average number of total subscribers