from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A vessel or device in which cream or milk is agitated to separate the oily globules from the caseous and serous parts, used to make butter.
- transitive v. To agitate or stir (milk or cream) in order to make butter.
- transitive v. To make by the agitation of milk or cream: churn butter.
- transitive v. To shake or agitate vigorously: wind churning up the piles of leaves. See Synonyms at agitate.
- transitive v. To buy and sell (a client's securities) frequently, especially in order to generate commissions.
- intransitive v. To make butter by operating a device that agitates cream or milk.
- intransitive v. To move with or produce great agitation: waves churning in the storm; so angry it made my stomach churn.
- churn out To produce in an abundant and automatic manner: churns out four novels a year.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To agitate rapidly and repetitively, or to stir with a rowing or rocking motion; generally applies to liquids, notably cream.
- v. To produce excessive and sometimes undesirable or unproductive activity or motion.
- v. To move rapidly and repetitively with a rocking motion; to tumble, mix or shake.
- n. A vessel used for churning.
- n. The time when a consumer switches his/her service provider.
- n. The mass of people who are ready to switch carriers, expressed by the formula Customer Quits/Customer base.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To stir, beat, or agitate, as milk or cream in a churn, in order to make butter.
- transitive v. To shake or agitate with violence.
- intransitive v. To perform the operation of churning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel in which cream or milk is agitated for the purpose of separating the oily parts from the caseous and serous parts, to make butter.
- To stir or agitate in order to make into butter: as, to churn cream.
- To make by the agitation of cream: as, to churn butter.
- To shake or agitate with violence or continued motion, as in the operation of making butter.
- To perform the act of churning, or an act resembling it.
- n. A block or chuck on a potter's turning-lathe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. stir (cream) vigorously in order to make butter
- n. a vessel in which cream is agitated to separate butterfat from buttermilk
- v. be agitated
Middle English chirne, from Old English cyrn, cyrin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English ċyrin. Cognate with West Frisian tsjerne and Dutch karnen. (Wiktionary)