churn


churn
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 of turnover of investments, customers, commodities, etc.
vt.
[ME chirnen < the n.]
1. to stir, beat, or shake (milk or cream) in a churn
2. to make (butter) in a churn
3. to stir up vigorously; shake violently
4. to produce (foam, etc.) by stirring vigorously
5. to cause a rapid turnover of (a client's investments) so that the broker can claim commissions
vi.
1. to use a churn in making butter
2. to move or stir as if in a churn [many ideas churning in his brain]
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churn out
to produce regularly and copiously, esp. in a mechanical or uncreative way

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