Churn Churn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Churned} (ch[^u]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Churning}.] [OE. chernen, AS. cernan; akin to LG. karnen, G. kernen, D. karnen, Dan. kierne, Sw. k["a]rna, and also to E. corn, kernel, the meaning coming from the idea of extracting the kernel or marrow. See {Kernel}.] 1. To stir, beat, or agitate, as milk or cream in a churn, in order to make butter. [1913 Webster]

2. To shake or agitate with violence. [1913 Webster]

Churned in his teeth, the foamy venom rose. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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