What does churn mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. churn, butter churn(verb)

    a vessel in which cream is agitated to separate butterfat from buttermilk

  2. churn(verb)

    stir (cream) vigorously in order to make butter

  3. churn, boil, moil, roil(verb)

    be agitated

    "the sea was churning in the storm"


  1. churn(Noun)

    A vessel used for churning.

    a butter churn

  2. churn(Noun)

    The time when a consumer switches his/her service provider.

  3. churn(Noun)

    The mass of people who are ready to switch carriers, expressed by the formula Customer Quits/Customer base.

  4. churn(Verb)

    To agitate rapidly and repetitively, or to stir with a rowing or rocking motion; generally applies to liquids, notably cream.

    Now the cream is churned to make butter.

  5. churn(Verb)

    To produce excessive and sometimes undesirable or unproductive activity or motion.

  6. churn(Verb)

    To move rapidly and repetitively with a rocking motion; to tumble, mix or shake.

    I was so nervous my stomach was churning.

  7. Origin: From ċyrin. Cognate with West Frisian tsjerne and Dutch karnen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Churn(verb)

    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(verb)

    to stir, beat, or agitate, as milk or cream in a churn, in order to make butter

  3. Churn(verb)

    to shake or agitate with violence

  4. Churn(verb)

    to perform the operation of churning

  5. Origin: [OE. chirne, cherne, AS. ceren, cyrin; akin to D. karn, Dan. kierne. See Churn, v. t.]


  1. Churn

    Churn is an album of recorded music by Shihad, released in New Zealand by Wildside Records on 12 July 1993 and in Europe on 25 June 1994 on Modern Music.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Churn

    churn, n. a machine used for the production of butter from cream or from whole milk.—v.t. to agitate cream so as to obtain butter.—v.i. to perform the act of churning.—ns. Churn′-drill, a drill worked by hand, not struck with the hammer, a jumper; Churn′ing, the act of making butter: the quantity of butter made at once; Churn′-staff, the plunger used in an upright churn: the sun-spurge. [A.S. cyrin; Ice. kirna, a churn; Dut. and Ger. kernen, to churn.]

Editors Contribution

  1. CHURN

    In IT Churn is the data change rate. Meaning if a Database server is performing a lot of transactions where data is being added/removed/changed then this Database is churning.

    Submitted by rinat on January 21, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of churn in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of churn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of churn in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Dexter Goei:

    We are confident that we'll resolve the quality and churn issues in coming quarters.

  2. Mark Walker:

    It's been cleaned up a great deal, to the place where we are continuing to try to churn out huge support from the RSC.

  3. Chief Executive Dido Harding:

    We are spot on where we want to be, we have focused on bringing churn down, and we'll be completely rational about going into the market to acquire new customers at affordable prices in order to ensure we'll meet all our targets.

  4. Christopher Kang:

    The timing of these nominations is curious given the potential churn in the Senate and the Judiciary Committee in particular.

  5. Alexander Goldfarb:

    All the tenants that used to be and are not any more, those tenants have gone, there's constant churn.

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