AskDefine | Define churn

Dictionary Definition

churn n : a vessel in which cream is agitated to separate butterfat from buttermilk [syn: butter churn]


1 stir (cream) vigorously in order to make butter
2 be agitated; "the sea was churning in the storm" [syn: boil, moil, roil]

User Contributed Dictionary



From ċyrin.


  • a UK , /tʃɜː(r)n/, /tS3:(r)n/
  • a US /tʃɚn/, /tS@`n/
  • Rhymes with: -ɜː(r)n


  1. 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.
  2. In the context of "transitive|figuratively": To produce excessive and sometimes undesirable or unproductive activity or motion.
  3. To move rapidly and repetitively with a rocking motion; to tumble, mix or shake.
    I was so nervous my stomach was churning.

Derived terms


agitate rapidly
  • Dutch: karnen italbrac butter, door elkaar schudden
  • Finnish: kirnuta
  • French: barrater
  • German: durchschütteln, aufwühlen
  • Spanish: batir italbrac butter, agitar italbrac water
figuratively: produce excessive motion
  • Dutch: woelen
  • German: wusseln, rütteln, wühlen,
  • Dutch: woelen
  • German: durchschütteln, aufwühlen


  1. A vessel used for churning.
    a butter churn
  2. In the context of "telecommunications": The time when a consumer switches his/her service provider.
  3. In the context of "telecommunications": The mass of people who are ready to switch carriers, expressed by the formula Customer Quits/Customer base.


vessel for churning
  • Dutch: botervat
  • Finnish: kirnu
  • German: Rührtrommel, Butterfass, Butterfertiger
  • Spanish: mantequera italbrac butter, lechera italbrac milk
time when customer switches provider
people ready to switch carrier

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