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Princeton's WordNet

  1. churning, churned-upadjective

    moving with or producing or produced by vigorous agitation

    "winds whipped the piled leaves into churning masses"; "a car stuck in the churned-up mud"

  2. churning, roiling, roiled, roily, turbulentadjective

    (of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence

    "the river's roiling current"; "turbulent rapids"


  1. churningnoun

    The act by which something is churned.


  1. churning

    Churning generally refers to the process of stirring or agitating a substance, often a liquid, to combine, mix or create a reaction. In a business context, churning can refer to multiple definitions based on the different industries: 1. In finance and investing, churning refers to the practice of executing excessive trades in a client's account mainly for the purpose of generating commissions. 2. In marketing, customer churning refers to when a customer stops doing business or ends a relationship with a company. 3. In telecommunication, churning refers to customers changing their service provider. 4. In software, code churn refers to the measure of the amount of source code change happening within a software project.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Churning

    of Churn

  2. Churningnoun

    the act of one who churns

  3. Churningnoun

    the quantity of butter made at one operation


  1. Churning

    Churning is the process of shaking up cream to make butter, and various forms of butter churn have been used for the purpose. In Europe from the Middle Ages until the Industrial Revolution, this was generally as simple as a barrel with a plunger in it, which was moved by hand. Afterward, mechanical means of churning were usually substituted. Butter is essentially the fat of milk. It is usually made from sweet cream. In the USA, Ireland and the UK, salt is usually added to it. Unsalted butters are most commonly used in the rest of Europe. However, it can also be made from acidulated or bacteriologically soured cream. Well into the 19th century butter was still made from cream that had been allowed to stand and sour naturally. The cream was then skimmed from the top of the milk and poured into a wooden tub. Buttermaking was done by hand in butter churns. The natural souring process is, however, a very sensitive one and infection by foreign microorganisms often spoiled the result. Today's commercial buttermaking is a product of the knowledge and experience gained over the years in such matters as hygiene, bacterial acidifying and heat treatment, as well as the rapid technical development that has led to the advanced machinery now used. The commercial cream separator was introduced at the end of the 19th century, the continuous churn had been commercialized by the middle of the 20th century.

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  1. churning


    I was churning the cookie batter

    Submitted by anonymous on May 6, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of churning in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of churning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of churning in a Sentence

  1. Randi Weingarten:

    It is stomach churning, i've worked with these two now for a good part of the last decade. And since Donald Trump was elected, they have both been just stalwart in not simply the fight against the cruelty of Donald Trump, but the fight for a bold different vision of what America could be.

  2. Patrisse Cullors:

    These fake BLM accounts and fake BLM people literally stealing money off of Black Death is so stomach churning I can’t even begin to explain, we told [Facebook] over and over again to shut that s--t down. And it wouldn’t. Glad it’s down now.

  3. Tracey Emin:

    I have had the title for about 15 years but I have never used it. A couple of years ago, my mum died, and I have cried so much in all my life and I thought this is the time to use this title, essentially the show is about big emotional moments in my life, good or bad, hell or happy, this kind of combination of this big emotional churning, reworking, awakening, a big emotional timebomb that has been let off in the gallery.

  4. James Marton:

    Children churning on and off public coverage are less likely to have a usual source of medical care and that can result in worse health outcomes, including a higher likelihood of preventable hospitalizations.

  5. Ken Polcari:

    There is nothing really to drive sentiment one way or the other that is going to change people's perceptions on anything at the moment so therefore you are just getting this churning back and forth.

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